Ontario Chinook Salmon Tips

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Ontario Chinook Salmon

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The Chinook Salmon, otherwise known as the ‘king salmon’, is one of the most prized fish in the sport that is angling.  These Chinook Salmons are actually classified according to their ‘race.’  And their race is determined by the season in which they, as adults, enter into fresh water.  The Spring Chinook, Summer Chinook, Fall Chinook, and the rarest, the Winter Chinook.


The Chinook Salmon is sometimes called ‘blackmouth’ because of the dark gray color of its lips.  It has a bluish green hue on the top and the back of its head, its sides silver, and its belly white.  Chinook Salmons have bodies that are covered in dark spots.


Chinook Salmons generally weigh about ten to fifty pounds.  But the largest of them could reach up to 130 pounds.  The largest Chinook salmon ever caught was a mammoth of a fish, weighing 126 pounds in all.  It was caught in Petersburg Alaska in the year 1949.  Of course, that was the one that was recorded so we can’t say for sure that there are no bigger ones out there.

Where to Find Chinook Salmons


Chinook Salmons are found in several parts of the world.  They exist in the San Francisco Bay and the Ventura River in California and also in the waters of Canada and Alaska, especially in Point Hope, The Yukon, and the Nushagak Rivers.  Some of them can also be found in Kamchatka and Kuril Islands, located in Russia.  A few of them can also be found in Japan.


But, if you really want to have a greater chance of catching these Chinook salmon, you should go to the Columbia River, the Puget Sound, and the Rogue River.


How to Catch Chinook Salmons


First of all, you should check the weather.  While warm and sunny weathers are perfect for a day of relaxation, they’re not exactly perfect for Chinook salmon fishing.  In fact, if you want to catch the really big fish, you’ve got to be prepared to brave some winds.


Also, you have to carry a thermometer with you at all times.  Chinook salmons prefer cold water to warm water, except when they’re spawning, of course.  So, check to see if the water’s temperature is below 45 degrees, if it is, then you’re good to go.  Also, if the water is murky, the fish are more likely to surface.


Also, exercise your inner ninja and practice your stealth.  Stealth skills are incredibly important if you want to catch the salmons.  So, even if it’s incredibly boring to be completely quiet, try to be so.


Chinook salmons are biggest when they’re oldest.  They have a lifespan of four and a half years.  They are, therefore, biggest during the month of July to the month of September.

And, of course, use a strong line and a big bait, and you’re well on your way to catching that prize fish that’s worthy of that bare wall in your study.


This article was written by the
contributing staff of OFT and its
group of amateur and pro Ontario anglers.

Copyright 2007. Ontario Fish Trips.
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