Chum Salmon–In the Kenai

Chum Salmon
Oncorhynchus keta
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Something weird happened again! During the course of our netting, we caught this somewhat lost chum salmon at river mile 8.5 on the Kenai River. This seems to be an odd year for the salmon run. We’ve had pink salmon in an odd year (unusual), we caught a steelhead (not supposed to be here), and now a chum salmon (also not supposed to be here). Chum salmon are known to be in Cook Inlet, however are most notably found

Chum Salmon

Oncorhynchus keta

in the McNeil River, not the Kenai. This is an unusual year, both in the species composition, and the high temperatures that have been recorded. There was also an influx of very small chinook (trout size) initially in the season, which seemed unusual. While this was going on, the chinook salmon have been having a bad year, and still as of now, haven’t reached escapement goals.

 

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