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Fish We Catch

Chinook Salmon

Chinook II identifier
Fall Chinook - Elk river - Julie Lane
The King Salmon or Chinook is the largest of the North American Salmon, typically ranging from 15 to 40 pounds. There are both spring-run and fall-run Chinook denoting the season these fish return to their natal streams and rivers to spawn. While many rivers have either a spring run or a fall run, certain rivers have both runs which can help increase angler opportunity. Chinook can often spend from 2-6 years in the ocean before returning to their river of origin. A large body mass and a pronounced Kype or hooked nose in the males help distinguish this variety of salmon. Chinook have proven to be one of the hardiest among the different varieties of salmon.