The white spots are on top of their heads. Much the same as steelhead get especially in the American. Not really sure exactly what causes it. Would love to know why. I've always thought it had something to do with digging redds or battling other fish. I've also heard that the steelies get some fungus or something on them that makes them turn white on the head from the freshwater but they heal up when they go back to sal****er. That theory doesn't quite work for me at Putah.
"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught."
Since we are on this topic, here is a huge fish i found dead in the water on 1/2. Death due to spawning, because I checked the fish for otter puncture marks, or scars on the jaws from being hooked and everything looked clean. This fish was 27/1/4" buck, just a nice sized fish. I have fished the creek atleast once a week for 5 years and this is the 3rd fish I have seen dead. I would amsume that the otters or other putah native wildlife probilly get to them first.
- Nic -