Alaska State Fish

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Alaska State Fish: King salmon

Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

State Fish Description: The King Salmon as it's known in Alaska is primarily known as the Chinook Salmon. The King Salmon is the largest of the Pacific Salmon and can reach weights of 130 lbs which would be an extremely large King Salmon the common weights of the the King Salmon range between 10 to 50lbs. King Salmon run up streams and rivers during spawning season which generally is in the early fall in which they will spawn and die after lying their eggs.

Where It's Found: King Salmon (Chinook Salmon) are native to the north Pacific Ocean and the river systems of western North America, ranging from California to Alaska. They have been introduced to other parts of the US as well including the great lakes primarily Lake Ontario in New York.

Alaska State Fish Dedication: 1927