Common Names: Chinook Salmon, King Salmon, Spring Salmon, Blackmouth, Tschawytscha, Chin, King, Magnum, Shaker
Lake Michigan Sport Catch in Wisconsin:
200,000-300,000 per year
Preferred Temperature Range:
Length: 20-35 inches
Weight: 5-35 pounds.
State Record: 8/25/83; 43 pounds, 3 ounces, Lake M ichigan
Identification: Adults are iridescent green to blue‐green on the
back and top of head. The sides are silvery, turning to white on
the belly. They have black spots (at least a few) on the upper
half of their body and on all fins. Chinook differ from coho
salmon and other Great Lakes salmonids by having grey or black
mouth coloration with teeth set in black gums, a squared tail
with spots on both halves, and 15‐19 rays in the anal fin.