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Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon Image by Peter Thompson

artwork by Peter Thompson, with permission of NY Sea Grant

Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

Chinook Salmon spawn in tributaries of the Great Lakes and lives in the open areas of these larger lakes. It generally occurs in deeper, colder parts of Lake Ontario and has been sustained by stocking and some natural recruitment in the Salmon River of Oswego County. Stocking this nonnative species since the 1970s has created an important fishery.

Fish atlas map for Chinook Salmon.