King Chinook Salmon


Alaska King Salmon, or Chinook Salmon, are the largest species of salmon in the Pacific ocean.  Although their average size is 10-15 lbs. and most mature King salmon are under 50 lbs., they can grow to a weight of up to 135 lbs.   King Chinook salmon usually spawn in large rivers or the main stem of streams with high water flow.

King Chinook Salmon

Alaska King Chinook Salmon spawn in the fall, but have spring, summer, and fall runs.  The early spring and summer runs occur because some salmon swim hundreds of miles upstream before reaching their spawning ground.  The salmon runs in the fall include fish that spawn closer to the coast.  The King Chinook fry stay in the fresh water for three months to one year before swimming to the ocean.

Scientific Name:
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Common Names:
Chinook Salmon
King Salmon
Alaska King Salmon