Weighing in at a peak 70+lbs (Washington state sport record), the Chinook or “King Salmon” is the regions ultimate trophy fish, and one of the reasons that Seattle Washington King Salmon Fishing is considered some of the best in North America.
Chinooks sport blue-green backs, silvery sides and white bellies. Their tell-tale black mouth coloration often lead to smaller Kings being nicknamed “Blackmouth”. The fish will usually achieve an average length of about 36 inches or so and a weight near 30 pounds, though Kings can get much bigger, up to 58 inches in length, with some tipping the scale at well over forty pounds, no wonder the King continues to be the hallmark of the Seattle Washington King Salmon Fishing experience.
The Ocean going King is a stout robust fish sporting a bluish green back to the aforementioned silvery sides. It is during the spawning season that these mighty fish sport their breeding finery running a broad gamut of colors from red, to copper to black. Like many of their fellow salmon species the Chinooks jaws and nose also take on an unusual appearance, becoming hooked and malformed.