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Salmon and trout

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Salmon and trout in King County, Washington and the northwest

Salmon and trout identification

In the King County Watersheds and beyond

Salmon in streams can be very difficult to see; they are camouflaged to blend in with the stream bed. They rest in deep, dark pools, underneath or next to logs, and in shady areas under bridges or shrubs. Look for a glimpse of a moving fin or tail. Older salmon may have white patches around the edges, and dead fish almost always have white on them. Click on the fish names below to find out more about how to identify salmon in streams. Please also visit the fish identification gallery for other photographs and images.

Chinook salmon - Oncorhynchus tshawytscha Chinook
Chum salmon - Oncorhynchus keta Chum
Coho salmon - Oncorhynchus kisutch Coho
Kokanee salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka Kokanee
Pink salmon - Oncorhynchus gorbuscha Pink
Cutthroat trout - Oncorhynchus clarki Sea-run cutthroat trout
Sockeye salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka Sockeye
Steelhead trout - Oncorhynchus mykiss Steelhead trout

Now that you know all about identifying salmon in streams, test yourself! Click on the mystery fish page to find out more!

For information about salmon and trout identification in King County, please contact Jennifer Vanderhoof, Senior Ecologist.  This program is conducted in cooperation with the King County Water and Land Resources Division, Bellevue Stream Team, Redmond Stream Team, and the cities of Seattle, Bothell, Kirkland, Renton, Woodinville, and the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, with support from the King Conservation District.