Outdoors Photography

Kokanee Salmon

Trout Family
Oncorhynchus nerka
Habitat: Rivers; introduced into lakes

Fall is a time of changing colors – not just for trees, but for fish also. In September and October, Kokanee Salmon – which are a shade of silver most of the year – change to a bright red, before they travel up rivers and streams to spawn. The males also acquire humped backs, hooked jaws and elongated teeth during their spawning transformation. All of the adults die after spawning, making for a tremendous food source for bald eagles, bears and other animals.

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