Chum Salmon

Chum Salmon

C hum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta):

C hum salmon have the widest geographic distribution of the pacific salmon. Most chum salmon spawn in November. Larger than coho and pink salmon, they can be distinguished by the "mottled" or “tiger striping” coloration on their sides. Also, you can tell these fish aren’t coho because they lack red on their sides. Chum fry migrate to sea shortly after hatching. Most chum are between 2-5 years old when they complete their life cycle.

Chum fry hatch and head out to sea in their first year which means they aren't very big.

Chum fry hatch and head out to sea in their first year which means they aren't very big.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chum on the run, heading upstream to spawn!

Chum on the run, heading upstream to spawn!