Also known as king salmon, these fish have silver sides with black spots on the back and on both lobes of the tail. When caught out of the lake or sea,they are a beautiful looking silver fish, however, they turn very dark once they get into the rivers for their fall spawning run. Chinook salmon are the largest salmon and they make strong, powerful runs once they are hooked. Many Chinook over 40 pounds are caught every year and the world record is over 90 pounds. They taste fairly good, but most people like the taste of Chinook less than the other types of salmon.