Grilse, Fiddler, etc
DISTINCT IDENTIFICATION MARKS
Salmon can occasionally be confused with Sea Trout. Always remember that the jaw line of a Salmon does not extend past the eyes. There’s also few, if any black spots below the lateral line. It also has a more pointed head than a sea trout
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ATLANTIC SALMON AND BROWN TROUT
Trout have 12 or less rays in their fin, while the salmon has 13 or more. Spots are often large and coloured black or red, with halos around them on the Brown Trout. Atlantic Salmon have small spots, with no halo.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ATLANTIC SALMON AND RAINBOW TROUT
Trout have 12 or less rays in their fin, while the salmon has 13 or more. There are small dark spots all over the body of the fish, including the tail, with slight rainbow colouring. The Atlantic Salmon has no spots on the tail
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES
When first in from the sea it can be hard to tell the sexes apart. As time passes, the male’s head becomes elongated and the tip of the lower jaw grows a kype.
Most Atlantic Salmon are around the 3-5kg (8-12lb) after two years. They can reach up to 13.6kg (20lb) in their lifetime. The average length is 70-75cm (28-30in)
Atlantic Salmon are found in waters from 2 degrees celcius to 12 celcius. Their preference is 4 degrees celcius, and will die if reach temperatures of -0.7 and 28 degrees
PLACE OF ORIGIN
In Southwest France there is a cave (Labri du Poisson) with a life size carving of the Atlantic Salmon. In 50 AD Pliny the Elder, in his writing “Natural History” wrote about the passion the citizens of Southwest France had for the Atl. Salmon
The largest Atlantic Salmon on record was caught in Norway’s Tana River. It weighed 35.89kg (79lb) and was 150cm (59in) long. The largest on record in Canada was caught in the Grand Cascapedia River, QC and weighed 25.1kg (55lb)
BEST FISHING TIME
Individuals who fish for Salmon will fish all season from spring to fall. Always check local running times for your area.
BEST LURES/BAIT TO USE
In some parts of Canada, only flys are allowed to be used. But where allowed lures similar to trout lures are used. It is crucial to check your local regulations book to see what you are allowed to use, if Salmon fishing is open in your area.
Many will tell you there is a distinct taste between Farmed and Wild Atlantic Salmon, which possible, chose the wild fish. Atlantic Salmon is a beautiful, majestic fish, but have a taste that folks generally strongly dislike or absolutely love.
Before going fishing, it’s always a good idea to figure out what Zone you are fishing in, as set out in your Provincial Angler’s Handbook.
Instructional Images taken from http://www.atlanticsalmontrust.org