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Kokanee spawning

Fall colors come on more than trees. Some local creeks are full of scarlet this time of year, as kokanee make their way to spawning grounds. The bright colors, big teeth and hooked jaw that the males develop this time of year are signs of reproductive fitness. The “brightest, baddest” kokanee are the ones that intimidate other males, snag the best patches of gravel and spawn successfully, said Ned Horner, a retired fisheries biologist.


Kathy Plonka - The Spokesman-Review

Kokanee salmon make their way to spawning ground in Hayden Creek on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The early runs of landlocked sockeye turn vibrant red during mating season.


Kathy Plonka - The Spokesman-Review

Kokanee salmon make their way to spawning ground in Hayden Creek.


Kathy Plonka - The Spokesman-Review

Kokanee salmon make their way to spawning ground in Hayden Creek.


Kathy Plonka - The Spokesman-Review

Kokanee salmon make their way to spawning ground in Hayden Creek.


Kathy Plonka - The Spokesman-Review

Kokanee salmon make their way to spawning ground in Hayden Creek.


Kathy Plonka - The Spokesman-Review

Kokanee salmon make their way to spawning ground in Hayden Creek.

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