View Full Version : are these rainbows or koke?

07-12-2006, 09:09 PM

My wife caught them back in may at berryessa and they had the copapod things on them so we did not eat them (we did not see the copapod thing until we got home). I have caught lots of rainbows in the seirras and none of them had this type of coloring. These fish had no pink and were silver on the sides with a greensh blue top. The meat was orange. Are berryessa rainbow different looking than others. i have caught tons on Putah creek and none looked like these.

07-12-2006, 09:43 PM
I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like a rainbow. Definetly a weird color.

07-12-2006, 09:50 PM
Those are planter rainbows, look at the tailfins.

07-12-2006, 09:59 PM
And our survey says..........Number one answer.....PLANTER RAINBOWS!!!!! Look at the tails and the heads give it away.

Brad "Hunkfisher"


07-12-2006, 10:17 PM
what are planter RAINBOWS?

07-12-2006, 10:43 PM
rainbows that the DFG plants....you can usually identify them by messed up tail fins...if you catch a wild trout it will look perfect...planters will be rounded because of the cement walls in the hatchery.

07-12-2006, 11:16 PM
I will add my vote for rainbow; look at the anal fin shape.

07-13-2006, 07:04 AM
Thanks for the info. THose were the weirdest looking rainbows she ever caught.

07-13-2006, 08:23 AM
100% positive rainbows. You can tell by the fins and the face. Good catch though!

07-13-2006, 08:43 AM
They are Rainbows, Kokanee will have silver scales that will come off on your hands. The only color on the sides of the Kokanee will be silver.



Notice the fork in the tail.

07-13-2006, 04:22 PM
No fork, not a koke... Rainbows lose their spots, pretty much, after being in a lake for a while- especially if they are "pelagic" (open water) schools. Copepods don't do a thing to you. Fillet the fish, skin the fillets, and then you don't have to think about it too much... They are nasty, but they are just a small version of the "sea lice" that you WANT to see on a fresh-run salmon...