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~ 97 Lbs 4 oz. Caught at the
Kenai River, AK on May 17, 1985 by angler Les Anderson
~ Oncorhynchus Tshawytscha
~ King Salmon, Spring Salmon, Tyee, Black Mouth, Tule, White Chinook,
~ The Chinook salmon is blue-green on the back and top of the head with
silvery sides and white bellies. The Chinook has black spots on the
upper half of its body with gray/black mouth coloration. Colors change
as the Chinook enters fresh water to spawn. The Chinook starts to loose
its silvery shine and becomes dark olive or black on top with a red
belly. They develop a ridge back and a hooked jaw.
~ The Chinook is the largest of the 5 Pacific salmon species and can
reach 58 inches in length and weigh up to 129 pounds. The typical angler
caught Chinook Salmon is generally up to 36 inches in length and weigh
up to 30 pounds.
~ Chinook salmon range from Kotzebue Sound, Alaska, to Santa Barbara,
California. Spawning and rearing Chinook are found in most of the rivers
in this region, with significant runs in the Columbia River, Rogue
River, Puget Sound, and the Fraser River system. Chinook are known to
migrate vast distances and are found sparsely distributed throughout the
Pacific Ocean. The age of Chinook adults returning to spawn varies from
two to seven years. Most angler caught Chinook are taken while they
enter the coastal areas and rivers to spawn.
~ Adult Chinook feed on small fish such as herring, also on pilchards,
squid, and crustaceans.