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Chinook (King) salmon

Chinook salmon, also known as King salmon or 'kings,' are one of five species of Pacific salmon. They range from San Francisco Bay in California to north of the Bering Strait in Alaska, and the arctic waters of Canada and Russia.  Chinook salmon were introduced to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, and have also been introduces in the waters of Patagonia in South America and several rivers in New Zealand. The Chinook resembles a Coho (or Silver) salmon with a bright silvery body with dark bluish to black back and small black spots on the body above the lateral line and upper lobe of the tail only. Adult fish average between 10 to 50 pounds, and may reach upwards of 100 pounds. Chinook salmon do not feed once they have returned to their home stream to spawn, but will strike artificial lures out of aggression. Pacific salmon spawn only once and then die. The male salmon's lower jaw develops a hook, or kype, its teeth grow larger, and they turn a dark red the longer they are exposed to fresh water.
  • Chinook (King) salmon
    Oncorhynchus tshawytscha