‘Nother Brick in the Wall (Brick 4)

25 06 2010

Chinook salmon, or king salmon as they are more commonly known, are the state fish.  The Yukon River has the longest freshwater migration route of any salmon, over 3,000 kilometers (1,864 mi) from its mouth in the Bering Sea to spawning grounds upstream of Whitehorse, Yukon. Since chinook rely on fat reserves for energy upon entering fresh water, commercial fish caught here are highly prized for their unusually high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

The present Alaska state sport fishing record is 97.25 lbs taken on the Kenai River. In fact, of the top 10 king salmon record holders 9 of these fish were taken in the Kenai River. King salmon spend from 2-5 years in the ocean so their size in a run varies a lot, the State of Alaska average for this salmon is about 20lbs., however Kenai king salmon are typically in the 50 lb range.

world record king salmon from kenai river




One response

26 06 2010
Meagan Darrow

This is crazy. I have seen them, of course, and caught 50 lbers, but dang. We grow some big fish. Heck yes, Alaska. Heck yes.

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