King Salmon

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

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Basic Information

Other names

Chinook Salmon, Tyee Salmon, Quinnat Salmon






King Salmon are generally up to 5 feet in length.


King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) facts, description, habitat, range, pictures and fly fishing tips to help you catch and identify the fish.


Bering Straight to California

What does the King Salmon look like?

Chinook Salmon are the largest species of Pacific salmon. They have a deep blue green back with silvery sides and white belly with irregular black spots on its back, dorsal fin and tail. When entering freshwater to spawn both males and females develop a red hue on their sides.

How to catch King Salmon

North to Alaska for your best shot! Check out the Copper River.

King Salmon Facts

Chinook or King Salmon are the state fish of Alaska and Oregon. Catching a Chinook Salmon is a dream of every fly fisherman. While they enter freshwater year round, the largest runs happen in the spring and the fall. While in the ocean Chinook Salmon feed on a variety of crustaceans and fish; including anchovies and herrings.

King Salmon Distribution

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