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Fish of KamchatkaPacific salmon

King salmon

King salmonMost of rivers used by Asian king salmon for spawning are located in Kamchatka peninsula, Koryak upland and the Komandor Islands. The upper part of the body above the lateral line, dorsal and tail fins are covered with dark dots and small spots. The height of caudal peduncle is 12 times shorter than the standard body length. King salmon is the biggest species of all Pacific salmons and the biggest freshwater fish occurring in the North-East. It may grow up to 147 cm and gain weight of 57-61 kg. Specimens caught in the Kamchatka River usually have length 78-103 cm and weight 5.5-17 kg. There were cases when bigger specimens were caught (45 kg and more).

King salmonThis species runs into the rivers in May-June, the peak of the run is in the second half of June. Spawning takes place in June-July; it lasts until the end of August and covers the total bodies of rivers from tide zones to heads. The fish enters the rivers to spawn at the age of 4-7 years. Apart from normal size males, the stock may be accompanied by small (22-47 cm) and dwarf males. The latter reach pubescence during the first year of life when they are 8-10 cm long. The young fish is drawn to the sea during the first or second year after birth; they linger in estuaries and coastal waters. King salmon hibernates in Aleut coastal waters including the Bering Sea.