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Bboggs
06-16-2018, 05:34 PM
over the past week i went trolling up at Lake Shasta. I pulled in 3 rainbows and 1 salmon that had small clear bombs on their sides and bottoms...

I've been searching around the internet and can't find anything about it???

Ive asked around, 1 person said it was a fungus, and another said it could be a leech; but both said it was due to the warm water..

has anyone every seen this before or know what they are?

http://i1104.photobucket.com/albums/h335/Roguestrength/IMG_9478.jpg (http://s1104.photobucket.com/user/Roguestrength/media/IMG_9478.jpg.html)

Waterdog
06-16-2018, 05:48 PM
They are copods, a parasite, not uncommon on trout in the summer. They are harmless to humans and the trout are quite edible. Just fillet the trout and fillet the skin off. Even if you eat the skin with them on as long as the fish is cooked they are harmless.All the trout I’ve caught over the last month or so have had copods.

Jetspray
06-16-2018, 06:11 PM
They are copods, a parasite, not uncommon on trout in the summer. They are harmless to humans and the trout are quite edible. Just fillet the trout and fillet the skin off. All the trout Iíve caught over the last month or so have had copods.+1 for me, they are in starting stages. We do have leeches that you can see through, but those are not them......Jetspray

Mikfish
06-16-2018, 07:47 PM
Out of several bows, not one clean fish today. If there's just a few copes I don't mind, but these fish were loaded. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180617/2925a872b494d47494ecdc31abac19f6.jpg

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Bboggs
06-16-2018, 09:24 PM
Out of several bows, not one clean fish today. If there's just a few copes I don't mind, but these fish were loaded. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180617/2925a872b494d47494ecdc31abac19f6.jpg

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what lake?

Bboggs
06-16-2018, 09:25 PM
They are copods, a parasite, not uncommon on trout in the summer. They are harmless to humans and the trout are quite edible. Just fillet the trout and fillet the skin off. Even if you eat the skin with them on as long as the fish is cooked they are harmless.All the trout Iíve caught over the last month or so have had copods.

Thank you!

stefanoflo
06-16-2018, 09:41 PM
Think of it as Fish Pimples!!!

Waterdog
06-17-2018, 07:03 AM
Here’s an interesting short discussion on copods (actually spelled copepods) I came across a couple years ago.

http://www.northerncaliforniatrout.com/2016/09/oh-that-nasty-copepod.html

Mikfish
06-17-2018, 07:35 AM
what lake?Shasta. Some are clean, I suspect a different strain of rainbows not from crystal creek hatchery. I don't know. Also notice some bows have white meat and some bright red/pink. Much of the appeal of catching rainbows to me is how beautiful they are, but when infested with copes it kinda ruins the whole experience.

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El Tiburon
06-17-2018, 10:33 PM
The ones@ Camanche Lake get worse than those

Jetspray
06-18-2018, 03:33 AM
Shasta. Some are clean, I suspect a different strain of rainbows not from crystal creek hatchery. I don't know. Also notice some bows have white meat and some bright red/pink. Much of the appeal of catching rainbows to me is how beautiful they are, but when infested with copes it kinda ruins the whole experience.
For the most part the are cosmetic and not much else. Meat color depends on hatchery and what they eat. The one's at Topaz are mostly pink or orange in color, Eagle Lake almost all are red. Waters have that affect as well. Put them in a smoker and they will all be good:fish_jumps:.........Jetspray

Koke Machine83
06-18-2018, 06:35 AM
After talking to the biologist, they DO NOT burrow into the meat. They just cling on the skin and scales. I always fillet and skin those Lassen Rainbows at Lake Camanche!!! If you leave them in an slushy filled ice chest, you can use a scrubbing pad if you want to leave the skin on for smoking or BBQing!!! The taste is still great. I have caught them covered at Berryessa a few years back. Took one home to see, sure enough nothing in the meat. Robbie

Jetspray
06-18-2018, 06:59 AM
After talking to the biologist, they DO NOT burrow into the meat. They just cling on the skin and scales. I always fillet and skin those Lassen Rainbows at Lake Camanche!!! If you leave them in an slushy filled ice chest, you can use a scrubbing pad if you want to leave the skin on for smoking or BBQing!!! The taste is still great. I have caught them covered at Berryessa a few years back. Took one home to see, sure enough nothing in the meat. RobbieYep and a good scrub daddy works best for that I'm just sayin'........Jetspray


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Buz4Bas
06-18-2018, 07:11 AM
Shasta. Some are clean, I suspect a different strain of rainbows not from crystal creek hatchery. I don't know. Also notice some bows have white meat and some bright red/pink. Much of the appeal of catching rainbows to me is how beautiful they are, but when infested with copes it kinda ruins the whole experience.

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A ranger explained to me , that it takes about 2 weeks after planting for the meat to start to turn pink /red--it has to do with what they eat after planting.

Mikfish
06-18-2018, 07:23 AM
Yes, once cleaned the meat is unaffected. Just a blemish as Jetspray says. Ecto-parasites, as biologist also described to me recently, meaning they live on the outside of it's host only. Harmless to the fish or humans consuming the meat. Some get in the gills which can suffocate the fish. But I've rarely seen them in the gills. I believe most of the bows planted in Shasta are of the eagle lake strain. Have never seen them on pit strain or other strains in Shasta that I'm unaware of origin.

I know many people are grossed out and toss them back.. which result in dead fish in the summer time. Birds and animals aren't complaining. But as everyone knows, limits aren't always easily attainable. Keep those fish and try to see beyond the skin to the perfect meat within.

Koke machine, that's great advice scrubbing them after sitting in slush. I know once scaled they don't look so bad either. I imagine you have to explain to clients all the time that they're harmless.

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Bboggs
06-18-2018, 11:50 AM
Thank to everyone who has contributed to this thread. Iím really bummed I released the few that I caught..

What do the trout eat at the different places they come from?

Mikfish
06-18-2018, 01:35 PM
Thank to everyone who has contributed to this thread. Iím really bummed I released the few that I caught..

What do the trout eat at the different places they come from?I believe all hatcheries feed them pellets. Couldn't tell you what's in the pellets. Sure somebody here knows. Once planted in lakes or rivers/streams they feed on bugs and whatever the main forage is in lakes like threadfin shad or pond smelt. What exactly turns their meat red, I have no idea. Early spring I caught a couple bows toplining and their bellies were absolutely stuffed with these bugs... https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180618/ed7ae0b7a3c8d53079926591325b8e46.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180618/de79445b9d0ed5a9ea80b743e53f974e.jpg

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Koke Machine83
06-18-2018, 04:36 PM
I believe the Lassen Rainbows get Pellets with Krill/Sardine in them. That's what gives them their bright Orange/Red Meat... Plus they taste Great!!! Robbie

stefanoflo
06-19-2018, 03:55 PM
I believe the Lassen Rainbows get Pellets with Krill/Sardine in them. That's what gives them their bright Orange/Red Meat... Plus they taste Great!!! Robbie

Kuddos on the taste of the orange meat in lassen and from what I hear Kokanee is as good / makes you wonder with that being the case why they don`t feed all Planters the sardine / krill mix more often ? can`t be that much to do!!!!

twack
06-19-2018, 04:49 PM
Kuddos on the taste of the orange meat in lassen and from what I hear Kokanee is as good / makes you wonder with that being the case why they don`t feed all Planters the sardine / krill mix more often ? can`t be that much to do!!!!


Reminds me of a funny movie line.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15CuGvHxCTE

Ah! Instead of watering olive trees, we just give them vodka! lol