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.