King salmon truly rule much of the angling world. Kings occur naturally in the North Pacific from the Kamchatka Peninsula to Central California and have been successfully introduced into waterways from the Great Lakes to New Zealand.
Our store specializes in the tackle and tools you'll need to successfully chase after kings, which are the largest member of the salmon family. While kings over 90 pounds have been caught in Alaksa's Kenai River and California's Sacramento River, some call anything over 30 pounds a tyee. Catch a Chinook bigger than that and you'll be calling for a taxidermist. We'll give you the number.
The name Chinook comes from a Native American tribe that inhabited the Columbia River. Traders in ships and the Lewis and Clark Expedition got their first taste of king salmon courtesy of the Chinooks. Now the rich, red meat of the king salmon is famous across the world for its flavor and nutrition. King salmon taste even better when you catch them yourself. To help you get started on your salmon quest, here are some basic tips for catching king salmon: