Cultus Lake Sockeye Salmon

Cultus Lake Sockeye Salmon
Latin Name

Oncorhynchus nerka

Group Name


Taxonomy details


Cultus Lake is located in southwest British Columbia, in the eastern Fraser Valley, south west of Chilliwack. The lake is 112 km upstream from the Strait of Georgia. The salmon live and spawn in the lake and migrate to the North Pacific Ocean through the Fraser River to the Strait of Georgia.

Species Description

Adult sockeye salmon living in saltwater usually have bluish backs and silver sides. When sockeye spawn, their bodies typically turn bright-red and their heads become green. However, it is not possible to identify a Cultus Lake sockeye salmon by appearance alone. Genetic testing must be used to differentiate Cultus Lake sockeye from other sockeye salmon.