The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Forest Service will host "Kokanee Day" at Strawberry Reservoir on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DWR biologists will be on hand to offer interpretive information and literature and to answer questions concerning this landlocked subspecies of the sockeye salmon. The event will take place at the spawning trap facility located along the Strawberry River directly behind the USFS Strawberry Visitor Center, on the northwest end of the reservoir.Bird blinds with built-in binoculars are currently under construction. Guided kokanee walks will be offered along this discovery trail at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday by forest service personnel.
In late August the bodies of the kokanee turn bright red and the male develops a humped back and a hooked jaw. As the kokanee spawn up stream, DWR biologists gather eggs from a portion of the spawning fish to increase survival rates. After the kokanee spawn, their 3- to 5-year life cycle ends and the fish die.
DWR biologists will be present on Kokanee Day at Porcupine Reservoir (east of Avon in northern Utah), and along Sheep Creek near Flaming Gorge Reservoir.