Kokanee Spawning

Every year in late summer, the mature kokanee salmon begin the struggle of their lives. They face a literal uphill battle- fighting their way upstream to their original spawning grounds to find mates and lay eggs. It’s exhausting work and once their eggs are fertilized and buried, the kokanee die and wash away to feed forests and bears.

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park has a special spawning channel set up to increase the kokanee’s survival rate. This is a great place to watch and I’ve gone twice in the last week. The fish are beautiful – bright red with green heads and golden eyes. They fight their way upstream, competing for mates and the best resting spots in the creek.


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