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I was out with friend and he caught a coho with a 1/2 clipped fin , what would you have done ???? He ended up releasing it , could he have kept it ? There was about 1/3 of an inch of fin remaining .
 

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I believe It is regs say you should look for evidence of scar tissue. It is not uncommon for you to come across a misclipped fin. The one you describe sounds like a legitimate fish.
 

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While sampling for the mark(coded wire tag) recovery program, I've observed many adipose clipped salmon that either had an incorrectly clipped or regenerated adipose.

An ethical angler would want to release such fish. If said angler did retain such fish, they may remove the head and submit it to a Mark Recovery Head Depot(most tackle shops), and describe the appearance of the adipose fin on the sportfishing head label they will be given
 

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Though many think that it's only the adipose fin that marks a hatchery fish, you can also bonk fish that have been max clipped or have had a vent fin clipped...

In this case, probably a bad clip.
 

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I have helped out at one of the hatcheries and cutting the fin has an art to it
you could easily half clip one and it slips out of your grasp slides down the trough and into the barrel with a ton of clipped fish
no way are you going to empty the barrel to look for a possible half clipped fish
so yes it does happen :wallbash:
but if in doubt put it back :hmmm:
 

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Same thing happend to me, a nice 10 lb chrome doe, first coho of the season. Decided to release it. Didnt want to chance it as it was unclear if it was a misclip or not, and as far as I know there has to be no fin. No worries though as there will be many more. ;)
 
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