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King Salmon
Scientific Name
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Salmonidae - Salmon
Time of Year
Time of Day
All day
Selling Price
1,800 Bells

The King SalmonOncorhynchus tshawytscha, is an uncommon fish found at the river mouth all day in late September (after the 15th). It can be sold for 1,800 Bells.


An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.

"King salmon grow to about twice the size of regular salmon, which really helps them embody the name. This size essentially makes them the actual kings of salmon, though they are also called chinook salmon. In some regions, they return to the river in spring or summer and live there until spawning in the fall. In rare cases, king salmons' meat will be white, but these are not as popular since pink is the standard."

In real life[]


The Chinook Salmon, also called the King Salmon, Quinnat Salmon, Spring Salmon and Tyee Salmon, are an anadromous fish native to the north Pacific Ocean and the river systems of western North America ranging from California to Alaska. They are also native to Asian rivers ranging from northern Japan to the Palyavaam River in the Siberian far east. They have been introduced to other parts of the world, including New Zealand and the Great Lakes.

Chinook Salmon may spend 1 to 8 years in the ocean before returning to their home rivers to spawn. Chinook spawn in larger and deeper waters than other salmon species and can be found on the spawning redds (nests) from September through to December.

The Chinook Salmon is spiritually and culturally prized among certain Native American tribes. Many celebrate the first spring Chinook caught each year with “First Salmon Ceremonies". Chinook Salmon were described and enthusiastically eaten by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lewis wrote that, when fresh, they tasted better than any other fish he had ever eaten. They first encountered Chinook Salmon as a gift from Chief Cameahwait, on August 13, 1805, near Lemhi Pass. Tasting it convinced Lewis that they had crossed the continental divide.