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Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon - these Pacific Salmon, also called "Kings" are the largest Salmon in Lake Ontario.  Introduced back in the 1970's to help control Alweife populations, they turned out to be a sport fisherman's dream come true.

Maturing within 3-5 years, Chinooks return to their hatching location to spawn.  In our area at Port Hope, it is the Ganaraska River.  Chinooks die after spawning.

The current Lake Ontario record is over 46 lbs.  The 2013 season produced many 30+lbs near Port Hope.

 

Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon - also Pacific Salmon and similar to the Chinooks but smaller.  These fiesty fish often do crazy things under the surface and in the air, making for some exciting battles!

Cohos return to their hatching location to spawn and die thereafter.

The current Lake Ontario record is over 28 lbs.

 

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic Salmon - starting to show up more often due to re-stocking a few years back.  Once native to Lake Ontario, they disappeared back in the late 1800's, probably due to human interference.

Maturing in 2-3 years, Atlantic Salmon return to their hatching location to spawn but do not die after spawning like Chinooks or Cohos.  They can spawn several times in their lifetime.

The current Lake Ontario record is over 24 lbs.

 

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout - also known as Steelhead, there are a few different strains around - all very acrobatic and shoot to the surface, dancing on the water.  These guys are masters at throwing the hook and make for lots of excitement - don't give them any slack!

Port Hope's Ganaraska River is well known for it's abundant Rainbow fishery and holds many of the silver beauties in the area.

The current Lake Ontario record is over 29 lbs.

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