A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Anchorage: 37°/52°/Partly cloudy
Fairbanks: 30°/52°/Partly cloudy
Fish aren't pursued often, but they're good fighters
Chum salmon are colorful as they make their way into fresh water, and a little fearsome with the hooked snout and large teeth of the males.
Chums often arrive with pinks and silvers but are rarely sought by anglers despite their strength and willingness to take lures.
Seagoing chums have metallic greenish-blue backs with fine black speckles. Chums have fewer but larger gill rakers than do other salmon.
Canned chums, also known as dog or calico salmon, are often canned and sold outside Alaska as "silver brights."
32 pounds, caught in 1985 of Caamano Point by Fredrick Thynes.
Anglers often catch chums while fishing for other species with spinners, flies and other lures. Chums are often smoked rather than eaten fresh.
Sources of information include the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.