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Wyoming Fish Species

Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Burbot (Ling)
Channel Catfish
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Kokanee
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Sauger
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Splake
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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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
Flaming Gorge Kokes 10.17.17 by culinarypunk
WGFD kokes article 07.24.15 by culinarypunk
Downriggers and kokanee gear 06.26.15 by culinarypunk
The Gorge does it again! 06.16.15 by culinarypunk
just a koke questions 05.01.15 by culinarypunk
Utah/Wyoming fishing regulations 07.02.14 by KayakerFishfinder
Flaming Gorge Kokanee 02.04.14 by KayakerFishfinder
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
Wyoming Kokanee Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by Steelhead - by culinarypunk - Jigging for kokes