About the Fish We Chase / Salmon

Pacific salmon of North America

Coho salmon aka silver salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family, one of the several species of Pacific salmon.  The scientific species name is based on the Russian common name kizhuch. The traditional range of the coho salmon runs along both sides of the North Pacific Ocean, from HokkaidōJapan and eastern Russia, around the Bering Sea to mainland Alaska, and south to Monterey Bay, California. Coho salmon have also been introduced in all the Great Lakes, as well as many landlocked reservoirs throughout the United States. A number of specimens, (more than 20), were caught in waters surrounding Denmark and Norway in 2017. Their source is currently unknown, but the salmon species is farmed at several locations in Europe, making it probable that the animal has slipped the net at such a farm.

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coho salmon

Chinook salmon aka king salmon, quinnat salmon, spring salmon, chrome hog, and Tyee salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) is the largest species in the Pacific salmon genus Oncorhynchus. The common name refers to the Chinookan peoples

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Chinook Salmon

Sockeye salmon aka kokanee salmon, red salmon or blueback salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) is an anadromous species of salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers discharging into it.

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Sockeye salmon

Chum salmon aka dog salmon or keta salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family. It is a Pacific salmon, and may also be known as dog salmon or keta salmon, and is often marketed under the name silverbrite salmon.

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Chum salmon