Salmon, Chinook (Sake, Ikura) – British Columbia (except South Coast)
Chinook Salmon, also known as King Salmon, are the largest of the Pacific Salmon species, reaching weights of approximately 132 pounds and becoming sexually mature around four years of age. Found throughout the North Pacific, Chinook Salmon complete large migrations of up to 1000 miles to return to their birth river, where they spawn and subsequently die.
Chinook Salmon is moderately abundant in most regions of British Columbia (except on the South Coast), and several management regulations are in place to control fishing. Chinook Salmon are caught by troll and gillnet. These fisheries have a low impact on bottom habitats, but there is some bycatch of salmon from depleted populations.