Chum salmon have the largest natural range of any Pacific salmon, and undergo the longest migrations.
Chum Salmon, or dog salmon as they are commonly known, have the largest natural range of any Pacific salmon, and undergo the longest migrations. The name dog comes from the large canine like teeth they develop while in fresh water. Chum salmon are fond throughout the Pacific Rim, from Oregon to Alaska and as far afield as Japan and Korea. Chum salmon, arrive in October and run through November.
In tidal waters Chum salmon are metallic blue and silver with some black speckling on their back. Spawning chum have a dark horizontal stripe running down their sides, the canine-like teeth and checkerboard or calico colouration. Chum salmon are the most widely distributed of the Pacific salmon
Chum salmon average 8 - 15 lbs with fish in the 20 lb range not uncommon. They are extremely hard fighters, coupled with the fact that they are eager biters makes for some very tired fishermen at the end of the day.
During peak times it is reasonable to hook a fish almost every cast. Chum can be caught with most methods but floats with jigs seem to be the most effective, they are also a great salon to target with the spey rod.
- Out of season
- Prime season