Were you expecting the hatchery fish to act all privileged?
"This place is filthy. I'm not spawning until you clean up that gravel"
Sorry, I suppose I should have been more explicit for a few readers – but I was on my way out fishing
The people I count these fish with are good at it – between us we have about 100 years of experience. We all agreed the steelhead we counted last spring were more wary than other salmon we had experience with; perhaps because steelhead are not programmed to die after spawning they are indeed so; who knows? What we saw several times was fish able to detect us far sooner than we expected. Understand, they did not see us but still were able to detect something amiss. Most times, but not always adipose fins (especially in aggressive males) are visible. I have never observed an adipose clipped steelhead on these enumerations.
We watched them pair off, defend mates, chase off other males and smaller resident trout, and spawn.
That's what I meant by acting wild.
My personal opinion is if a Chilliwack River hatchery steelhead that is just one generation away from wild is spawning, as it should be, gametes from that union rearing, as they should be, that's just fine.