Fishing for Silvers (Coho Salmon)
Fishing for Silvers (Coho Salmon):
Silvers, aka Coho Salmon, are one of the tastiest fish in the sea, and very fun to fish for. They often show up at our lodge in August and average just over fifteen pounds! Some of the largest Silvers ever caught at KSL were caught just 15 minutes from the lodge! The best method to catch these tasty fish is to troll with down-riggers, but they are also a blast to fly fish for.
Silver salmon can grow to be anywhere from 24 to 30 inches long and weigh between 8 and 18 pounds. Adults have a bright silver color and are spotted on their back and the upper lobe of their fin. The spots are small and black. While similar in color, silver salmon can be distinguished from Chinook Salmon by the lack of black spots on the lower lobe of the tail and by their white gums.
Silver Salmon start their lives hatching from their eggs in the late winter and early spring. Unlike other species of Salmon, Silvers will spend a considerable amount of time in fresh water before migrating to the ocean, usually about a year or two. When the time comes, they move to salt water (late spring through early summer).
Watching large Silver migrations come through our waters is a sight to be seen! The bays around our lodge are teeming with them, and limiting out on Silvers is very normal. Some Silver runs can reach over 120,000 fish!
A Silver Salmon’s diet will consist of aquatic insects, other fish, and also squid. They are very eager strikers and are attracted to brightly colored flies.
Catching a Silver is quite the experience. These fish are very aggressive and once hooked, can put up quite the fight for such a relatively small fish. Alternating between jumping and tearing out drag, these fish go ballistic. The feeling you get after catching one of these amazing fish is one of a kind. When trolling for Silvers, it is good to have several down-rigs set at different depths. Silvers are acrobatic, aggressive fish that are typically caught sub-surface, but it is not uncommon to see them strike on the surface as well. They tend to be attracted to erratic, jerky movements but most anglers will have their own methods.
Thinking about visiting during our Silver run? Send us a message with any questions you may have and we will get back to you right away!