K is for Kokanee
If you are a quick listener this video about salmon spawning is most interesting, - if not, relax and enjoy the scenery and the picture images.
The Okanagan and North Thompson areas in British Columbia are famous for their spawning streams and rivers. In September and October each year the local creeks, such as the one in Hardy Falls National Park near Peachland, are bright with Kokanee returning to their place of birth to spawn, and then to die.
Creeks of all sizes are full of this desperate stream of fish, struggling against the flow to reach their spawning grounds.
The Adams River, which flows out of the Adams lake is home to the worlds largest Sockeye and Kokanee salmon run.
A watchful eye is kept on the returning salmon run, and when it is at its peak in September or October the riverbank is crowded with onlookers to this most amazing and colourful migration.
This is not an easy journey and there are many obstacles in the way of the homecoming fish. To assist the Kokanee and other salmon to reach their destination 'fish ladders' have been built and installed in especially difficult spots.
|Fish Ladders on the Fraser River|