Spawning Kokanee Salmon

"Sneaky-male" creeping around in the shallows

“Sneaky-male” creeping around in the shallows

Spawing Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) spawning in Kokanee creek, British Columbia. Kokanee salmon are a landlocked subspecies of sockeye that live in Kootenay lake. These fish spawn and rear (~1 month) in the small tributaries then mature over 3-4 years in the lake. The best time to observed spawning Kokanee is late August-December. While observing these fish in September of 2013, several smaller males were employing the “sneaky-male” reproductive strategy.

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