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California Fish Species

Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Common Carp
Creek Chubsucker
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chubsucker
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Tilapia
Steelhead
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Catfish
White Crappie
White Perch
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

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FishExplorer Lakes with Kokanee
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Kokanee
Kokanee are the land-locked sockeye salmon. Unable to migrate to the ocean, kokanee rarely reach the proportions of their ocean run brethren. Their identifying characteristics are very similar to sockeye. Prior to spawn kokanee are a silvery sided fish with a green or blue back and white tips on the ventral and anal fins, and little or no spotting. Spawning males develop a bright to olive green coloring on the heads, bright red body coloration, often a hooked jaw and a small, but obvious hump.  Spawning females exhibit a less brilliant coloration than males, the jaw is “normal” and they retain their prespawn shape. Their size at maturity is typically 12-18 inches.
 
Kokanee live in a lakes most of their lives, doing best in well oxygenated, open waters that don’t exceed 60 degrees.  They feed primarily on zooplankton, small fish and insects are occasionally taken. Their diet can change throughout the year based upon food availability.
 
Kokanee are most readily available to anglers during spawn, which occurs from early August through late December.  Were self-sustaining populations exist they run up streams or rivers after 2-4 years in open waters.  Were stocked, they return to their release point.  Females build redds on gravel bars, with both sexes defending the nest.  Once the eggs are laid and fertilized Once fertilized, the eggs are buried beneath the gravel. Most kokanee die within a week after spawning. Fry emerge in April through June, then move downstream to mature in lakes or reservoirs.  In many regions kokanee stocks are maintained through stocking programs.

Most Recent Kokanee Forum Posts
kokanee 07.14.16 by Flyrodn
Kokanee Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Fifteen, But Who’s Counting? – Oh, I Am! 10.17.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Skip the Dunkin Donuts 08.05.14 by Alan Peak
Blog: Granby area fishing report 01.01.14 by Bernie Keefe
Blog: Icing Dillon Reservoir's Snake River Inlet 12.04.13 by Dave Bryant
Blog: Water Levels Effects on Granby 11.09.13 by Bernie Keefe
Blog: Blue Mesa Kokanee Flourishing...Come Snag Yours! 11.07.12 by Robby Richardson
Blog: Boomerang Tool Co. Grip 11.07.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Kokes R Us 10.28.12 by Shane DuBois
Blog: DIY No Drill Removable Kayak Fish FInder 09.29.12 by Joshua Christensen
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