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State Fish Chinook Salmon
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State Fish Chinook Salmon
The Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tsha­wytscha), also known as the spring, king or tyee salmon, is the largest of the Pacific salmons and the most highly prized for the fresh fish trade. Declared the Oregon state fish by the 1961 Legislature, the Chinook Salmon is found from southern California to the Canadian Arctic. Record-sized catches of 53 inches and 126 pounds have been reported.