- Chinook salmon are a species of anadromous fish that are native to Pacific Northwest region of North America and have been introduced to certain parts of Australia including, Victoria and Tasmania.
- They are anadromous, which means they are born in freshwater, migrate to the ocean to grow and mature, and then return to freshwater to spawn.
- Chinook salmon have a distinctive coloration, with a blue-green back and silver sides, and are often marked with small black spots on their back and tail.
- Chinook salmon are able to navigate back to the exact stream or river where they were born using their sense of smell and other sensory cues.
- Their diet varies depending on their location, age, and the availability of prey, but some common prey items include herring, sand lance, smelt, anchovy, and krill.
- Estimates of lifespan are 3 to 7 years with some individuals living up to 9 years or more.
Recreational & Commercial Fishing
Chinook salmon are an important fish species for both commercial and recreational fishing. Commercial fishing of Chinook salmon is a major industry in several countries, providing a valuable food source and economic activity. Meanwhile, recreational fishing for king salmon is popular in many areas and contributes to local economies through tourism.
Species: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
The conservation status of Chinook salmon in Australia is not formally assessed as a separate species, but the species is generally considered to be of Least Concern based on its global distribution and abundance. They are managed as an invasive species in Australia, and efforts are being made to reduce their impact on native fish populations and habitats.
Fish Taste Quality
Chinook salmon are known for its mild, buttery flavour and firm, flaky texture. It is commonly served grilled, baked, or smoked, and is often used in sushi and other raw fish dishes.
Taste Rating: 5/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Herring, Lures, Feather jig, Pilchards, Squid, Soft plastics, Live minnow, Flies
Technique: Slowly sink bait towards bottom, Cast bait/jig/lure near schooling fish, Trolling, Cast lures with a fast retrieve
Popularity: Highly Targeted