Anglers gather on Lake Ontario to catch salmon and other types of fish. The lake is home to two salmon species: the Chinook and the Coho. The state of New York stocks Lake Ontario with roughly 7 million Chinook and 250,000 Coho each year.
Chinook and Coho differ substantially in terms of size. While Chinook can measure up to 36 inches and weigh as much as 50 pounds, Coho rarely exceed 28 inches and generally weigh between 7 and 11 pounds.
Both of these salmon species are silver when in fresh water, but when they enter their ocean phase, the Chinook’s sides turn golden, while the Coho’s sides become red. While both species have black mouths, the gums of the Coho are white. Furthermore, Chinook have a far narrower caudal peduncle than the Coho.