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Five Species Of Alaska Salmon

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Alaska Chum or Dog Salmon
Chum salmon or dog salmon

I caught this chum salmon in a creek in downtown Juneau. It had already changed to its breeding colors and hooked jaw.

2007 Ronnie Garrison licensed to About.com
The Chum or Dog salmon is plentiful in Alaska waters and is the most wide ranging salmon there. Average size is around 8 to ten pounds but they may grow to 40 pounds. Not considered the best eating or fighting salmon, they surprise many anglers with their bulldog like fight. Their meat is good if caught bright, or before they start turning, but it quickly deteriorates when they come into fresh water. Chum Salmon get their name Dog Salmon from their protruding teeth and also because they were used to feed dogs in years past.
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