View Full Version : Where do Salmon go in the off season?

08-16-2005, 07:02 PM
Where do the salmon that are staying in the ocean for a couple more years go when the season ends?

08-16-2005, 07:29 PM
After the sport and commercial seasons are over, the salmon go on vacation to Hawaii. Their job is done for the year...didn't spawn and die, didn't get caught by a drunk fisherman, didn't get eaten by a furbag...time for vacation!!!

Great question. I'd like to know too. Doc will be here soon.

08-17-2005, 10:25 AM
The salmon that don't spawn out and die will forage the entire west coast for food.

We have caught Kings and Silvers many times off San Diego so my guess would be pretty much the entire pacific basin. (At least the northern part)

Of course the smarter ones head for Southern Mexico and lay around all winter gettin fat and drinking Margaritas. :)

08-17-2005, 02:41 PM
The salmon do travel thousands of miles - many Kings that migrate out of the California river systems go to the nutrient-rich waters off the Alaskan peninsula to feed and get big.

08-17-2005, 04:26 PM
Don't they go to Alaska, Russia, and Japan?

08-18-2005, 09:41 PM
No, they go to Las Vegas, LOL!!

08-19-2005, 04:58 PM
Tagging studies of Chinook salmon from S.E. Alaska to the Sacramento system show that they range as far north as the Aleutian Islands. They don't go to Asia as Sockeye do.

Many of our fish stay off the coast of California after making a left or right turn out the gate. During periods of significant upwelling and high food aboundance they don't migrate as far as when feed is scarce.