Also called chinook salmon, spring salmon, tyee, quinnat, blackmouth.
Endemic to the Pacific Ocean and rarely, the Arctic Ocean as well as the Bering Sea, the Okhotsk Sea, the Sea of Japan, and most of the rivers that flow into these waters. Since 1872, it has been introduced into other waters around the world including the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Gulf states of the U.S., some areas of Central and South America, Europe, and the South Pacific.
It is the largest salmonid in North America, growing to at least 5 feet and 126 pounds. It is the only Pacific Salmon in which the meat may be regularly either red or white, and commands a high price at the markets.