You can find general stocking info on our main home page for the previous years.
life of Kokanee begins at the egg stage. Most Kokanee lay their eggs
(spawn) in late summer to early winter. Spawning takes place along
shoreline or suitable gravel's in streams draining into the lake.
Once they spawn, the fish die. Eggs hatch between late march and early
may. Alevin rely on the nourishment in their sacs. After a brief alevin
stage, they work their way up through the gravel and are washed down
to the lake. Normally only 5-10% of eggs survive to the fry stage.
When reaching the lake, they group in schools to feed on the small
aquatic organisms. Growth is slow the first years, but increases toward
the second and third season. As they grow they feed on the larger
zoo plankton. As young fish, Kokanee are brilliant silver on their
sides and dark gray to blue on the back. Thus the name "Silvers".
As they reach maturity after three to four years, the color of both
male and female changes to crimson. Male fish develop a long, hooked
snout with large teeth. Also, they become humpbacked with a greenish
head. Although the females don't change their shape, the color of
their bodies and heads resembles that of the males; hence the name
Kokanee salmon were experimentally introduced into several lakes and
reservoirs in western North America in the mid-1940s. The success
of these introductions has since blossomed into a growing sport fishery
in the west and has spread to many eastern waters as well. Continued
planting and new introductions throughout California will see an increasing
number of anglers pursuing these sporting, tasty, land-locked sockeye
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