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Pink salmon or humpback salmon are the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific Salmon.

In the ocean, pink salmon are bright silver fish but after returning to their spawning streams, their coloring changes to pale grey on the back with yellowish-white belly (although some turn an overall dull green color). As with all salmon, in addition to the dorsal fin, they also have an adipose fin. The fish is characterized by a white mouth with black gums, no or few teeth, and large oval-shaped black spots on the back, a v-shaped tail, and an anal fin with 13-17 soft rays. During their spawning migration, males develop a pronounced humped back, hence their nickname "humpies". Pink salmon average 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg) in weight. The maximum recorded size was 30 inches (76 cm) and 15 pounds (6.8 kg).

Be certain to check with Alaska Department of Fish and Game before fishing and inquire about regulations pertaining to the species of fish that you intend to catch.


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