Chinook are the largest species of Pacific salmon. The fish’s silvery coloration is an apt symbol for its status as a prize in Oregon and the Northwest. Certain Native American tribes revere Chinook salmon with spiritual significance, and Lewis and Clark eagerly chronicled their exposure to the fish before it was named Oregon’s state fish in 1961. Fishing for Chinook salmon is possible throughout every season in Oregon, but Willamette Valley Outfitters favors the massive Fall Kings and the tasty Springers. Whether you’re angling for sport or table fare, when you land a prized Chinook, you’re participating in the rich cultural tradition of Oregon.