Chinook Salmon are the most popular
sought after sport fish.
Spawning Salmon return to the precise
stream of their birth, sometimes overcoming great distances and river
conditions to reach their home.
Chinook are very sensitive to light.
The time of day will dictate where the fish are. Chinook will go to
within a few feet of the surface at night and early morning, but dip as
low as 200 to 250' on hot sunny afternoons.
Winter Chinook will be found in
deeper water than summer Chinook.
It is not unusual to find
in-migrating winter Chinook at up to 100' below a school of summer
Chinook residing on the top layers of water.
The largest Pacific Salmon caught in
Alaskan waters, a Chinook (King), weighed in at 126 pounds.
In some European countries weights of 100 pounds and slightly over have
been reported for the Atlantic Salmon.
Chinook are fish eaters. They prefer
smaller injured dying fish and are particularly adept at picking them
out of schools. Baits (the fresher the better) imitating these actions
will always do the best.
Chinook are the only Salmon that have either white or pink meat.
Their average weights are usually
from 20 to 70 lbs.
Adult females will lay from 4,000 to