These Salmon make one of the longer known journeys amongst the Pacific Salmon species as the Columbia River is one of the longest rivers in North America.
To survive the 1243 mile long journey, these salmon bulk up and store up fat reserves, which is why they are well known for their marbling. Most of the river flows through Wash- ington and forms the border between Washington and Oregon before reaching the Pacific Ocean. This pre- sents an interesting situation when it comes to fishery management. Both states have a seat at the table when determining quotas and fishery openings.