Pink salmon caught by Cleveland Metroparks at Rocky River

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Here’s something you’ll rarely find in Northeast Ohio! Pink salmon is a species of “Pacific salmon” and is native to Alaska.

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – So here’s something you don’t see every day in northeast Ohio. And we really mean it.

Our friends from Cleveland Metroparks reports that during a recent fish sampling (or electrofishing) project at Rocky River, they caught a male pink salmon.

We consulted our photojournalist/outdoor expert Carl “Big Daddy” Bachtel for more information on the rare fish. Apparently pink salmon is a species of “Pacific salmon” and is native to Alaska.

“I have no idea,” says Big Daddy, who speculated that the fish could have been stocked with other salmon in Lake Ontario or Lake Michigan.

Obviously, it’s time to do a little more research.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the pink salmon is the smallest of the Pacific salmon found in North America. They weigh on average between 3.5 and 5 pounds, with an average length of 20 to 25 inches.

Here’s the trick: In 1956, there was an “accidental introduction” of pink salmon into Lake Superior. The species survived and became an established population, spread throughout the Great Lakes, and is still present today.

Want another dynamite article on pink salmon? They are also known as humpback or humpy salmon. Apparently, by the time the males enter the stream where they will spawn, they have developed a very large bump and hooked jaws called a kype.

Special thanks to our friends in Alaska for the help.

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