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Kokanee salmon spawning starts early

The Kokanee Salmon came early this year, and the U.S. Forest Service encourages residents to see the colorful spawning behavior of the fish.

“There are literally thousands of them,” said Michael St. Michel, visitor center director for the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “It looks like it’s going to be a really good run.”

The Kokanee Salmon can be viewed at Taylor Creek. Lake Tahoe’s Ninth Annual Kokanee Salmon Festival is scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4.

St. Michel said the salmon usually come at the end of September and stay until the end of October. This year, they were here in noticeable number on Sept. 20.

Residents interested in seeing the spawning salmon should go to the forest service’s Taylor Creek Visitor Center, walk down the rainbow path or go into the stream profile chamber.

The chamber is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. The park area is open from sunrise to sunset.

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