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Oregon State Fish

Oregon State Fish

Oregon shares its state fish, the mighty Chinook salmon (aka king salmon), with Alaska. The largest of the Pacific salmon, the Chinook is prized by both commercial and sport fisheries.

Native Americans, including the Chinook Indians, once speared salmon as they migrated up rivers to spawn. The fishermen often positioned themselves at waterfalls. Every tribe or group of tribes that fished for salmon had a form of “first-salmon ceremony.”

However, spear fishing died out as rivers were dammed, new regulations were imposed, and some salmon populations were wiped out.

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