Kokanee Information
Kokanee
Kokanee General Information

The kokanee, the landlocked form of the sockeye salmon, is native to Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Kokanee were introduced into California reservoirs as a forage fish for trout. Kokanee have been transplanted into many lakes in the western US. Kokanee are the only Pacific salmon to mature in fresh water.

Kokanee salmon mature in 2 to 4 years depending on the strain, and growing conditions, with the average fish weighing between 2 to 3 pounds. Kokanee prefer well oxygenated water 50 to 59 degrees F. They will inhabit surface waters as long as the temperature remains within their preferred range or cooler. In summer months they can be found congregating at depths up to 150'. Their primary source of food is zooplankton but they do eat water fleas, coepods, emerging aquatic insects, and larval fish when abundant.

Kokanee will mass close to the outlets of streams in late summer and slowly move into the stream to their site of birth by smell. If suitable stream habitat is not available, kokanee can reproduce in lakes. The female builds the nest and defends it from other females, laying from 200 to 2000 eggs, while the male defends the nest from other males. The males assume the same reddish color and humped back as their anadromous brothers. The adults die soon after spawning. The eggs hatch in April and the fry move downstream immediately.

The most common method is to troll small lures at the depth the fish are congregating. When the fish are massed at stream mouths prior to the spawning run, they can be taken with common trout fishing techniques.

Recent Kokanee Articles & Reports
Kokanee on fire at Little grass valley.

Kokanee on fire at Little grass valley.

Written By: H2F Guide Service,
July 29, 2014

Went up for the weekend to chase Kokanee and wasent disipoanted, limited the boat every time we went out the best trip was saturday morning hooking 35 and putting 20 in the boat in 1 1/2 hr, ranging from 11.5in to 13.5in, Lots of fun and...

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King Salmon To 5 Pounds Go On Bite At Shasta

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
July 23, 2014

(Redding) This has been the year for landlocked kings at Lake Shasta. For several weeks the hot bite was in the Dry Creek Arm. When that bite died, anglers lost the fish for a period of time, but now they’ve  reappeared and anglers are...

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Macks Provide Limits, Kokanee Available Too

Written By: Dan Bacher,
July 21, 2014

Lake Tahoe has been the scene of very productive deep water mackinaw fishing and there is a solid kokanee bite at the lake’s south end. The days are long and warm and the weather has been calm, making this an ideal time to hit the big...

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Tips & Tactics for Kokanee
Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Salmon, Trout, Lingcod, Kokanee, Halibut And More: Are YOU Using Gulp! And PowerBait?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

I’m of the opinion that in most situations well-presented natural baits will outperform artificials. Following this philosophy, when the...

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Trout And Salmon Dodger Basics

Trout And Salmon Dodger Basics

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Basic Aspects Of Using Trout And Salmon Dodgers!




Trout And Salmon Trolling With Natural Baits: Part Two

Trout And Salmon Trolling With Natural Baits: Part Two

Written By: Cal Kellogg

We kicked off this discussion of natural bait trolling in the last issue of the Fish Sniffer. Here’s the conclusion-Cal Kellogg.

Over the...

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Kokanee Locations

Kokanee Locations


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