Fish Species Spotlight:Landlocked Coho SalmonLandlocked SalmonWhen it’s time to spawn, Salmon make the trek back to the river that they were born in. With the changes made to retain water by building dams, the salmon are not able to make it up the river system to where they need to spawn. California Department of Fish and Wildlife create ladder systems in the rivers, just below a dam, so the salmon can swim up into the fish hatchery for egg and sperm collection, so they can fertilize the eggs, and raise the salmon so that they can be planted back into the river system so they can swim back to the ocean and grow to maturity and repeat the cycle. A portion of the little salmon are planted into lakes throughout California. There are three main types of these landlocked Salmon that are targeted for this unique fishery. Kokanee Salmon, King Salmon, and Coho Salmon. Landlocked Coho SalmonLandlocked Coho salmon, also known as Silver, are notorious jumpers and spinners as they get hooked. The fish can easily be identified by their white mouth and black gum line, along with spots along the dorsal area. Coho Salmon can attain an average weight of twelve to eighteen pounds. Lake Oroville was planted with Coho salmon in the 1970’s, but the Department of Water Resources could not find a reliable source of eggs and the program was discontinue. They then began planting Kings as the salmon of choice in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but they found that the King’s were transmitting a virus called IHN, and they went back to planting Coho’s. They found a reliable source for eggs from a Washington State hatchery and thus Lake Oroville’s contemporary coho era began. Coho typically live for four to six years. Coho typically feed on baitfish most of their lives, so angler’s typically use imitation minnow stickbaits, spoons, needlefish, spinners, flies, and live bait. The best time to catch Coho are in the spring and fall months.Record Landlocked CohoSalmonThe record sized landlocked coho salmon ever caught in your state can be found at the link below. •State Record Big Fish can be found here.Landlocked Coho Salmon Lures - SpoonsLandlocked Coho Salmon Lures - FlatfishSee more fishing tackle in ourFishing Gear and Tackle store.Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.