Oncorhynchus Tshawytscha

Salmonidae

Salmoniformes

Onshore, Nearshore, River, Lake

10 - 50 pounds

30" - 59"

Chinook Salmon

Also Known As: King Salmon, Quinnat Salmon, Spring Salmon, Tyee Salmon, Kippered Salmon

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Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Chinook salmon is also known as King Salmon and is the largest of the Salmon species. It is a popular game and commercial fish. Oncorhynchus tshawytscha is similar to its brethren Coho salmon and Rainbow trout. King Salmon has silver sides and blue-green back. It has black spots on the head, back, tail, and all the fins. It also has a black mouth and gums. Wild salmon are well known for their hard fighting ability and excellent table fare.

Chinook Salmon Size and Weight

Chinook salmon is a large fish and it can grow from 12 to 39 inches and weighs around 7 to 15 pounds. But depending on the habitat, weight can exceed 20 - 30 pounds.

Chinook Salmon Interesting Facts

• They can live up to 7 years. • This specie is anadromous. They migrate to Seawater and later return to spawn in freshwater. • Oncorhynchus tshawytscha die soon after spawning. • King salmon have reddish-pink or orange meat. • Males are more colored than females and have a distinguished nose and upper jaw. • Chinook salmon leaves a water body if the habitat starts degrading, making it a good indicator of the water conditions.

Chinook Salmon Habitat

Young Chinook salmon can be found in freshwater and estuaries. Adults move into the open Ocean for better nutrition and food. The fish can also be found in cold streams, especially in hiding places such as tree roots. Snow melting into lakes and streams also helps their environment.

Chinook Salmon Spawning

Chinook salmon are ready to spawn from 2 to 7 years of age. Female makes redds or gravely nests and lays the eggs. Depending on spawning time and temperature, hatching takes place in early spring or late winter.

Chinook Salmon Food

Young Chinook salmons feed on plankton, insects, small fish, and invertebrates. Adult Salmon in Ocean also enjoy many organisms such as sand lance, pilchards, squids, herrings, and crustaceans.

Chinook Salmon Fishing

Chinook salmon is sensitive to light so they stay at water bottom