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Salmon and trout in King County, Washington and the northwest

Lake Sammamish kokanee
King County, Washington

Kokanee: The little red fish that could!
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Kokanee are smaller relatives of sockeye salmon. They are the same species, but unlike sockeye, they don't migrate to the ocean. Instead, Sammamish kokanee live in Lake Sammamish or Lake Washington and return to a few streams to spawn in the fall. Their numbers have been declining rapidly in the past decade.

Kokanee identification
Pictures, drawings and descriptions to help identify landlocked sockeye salmon or kokanee.

Kokanee pictures
Photos of kokanee in tributary creeks of Lake Sammamish in King County, Washington.
Lewis Creek kokanee picture for identification

Kokanee videos
Watch videos of spawning, rearing and reintroduction of kokanee in Lake Sammamish tributaries since 2007.

Kokanee studies, reports and documents

Kokanee and chinook restoration projects in the Sammamish Watershed
List of projects scoped for fast-action and to benefit kokanee and chinook salmon populations in Lake Sammamish tributaries (2011).

Kokanee conservation presentations
Briefing materials presented to regional partners interesting in Lake Sammamish kokanee science, status and conservation efforts.

Lake Sammamish Kokanee Workgroup products

For questions about Lake Sammamish kokanee, please contact David St. John, government relations administrator, DNRP Water Policy Unit.

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News and announcements

Jul. 15, 2014
External editorial, Issaquah Press
Kokanee work group does important work

May 2, 2014
External article, Sammamish Review
Secretary of Interior visits Sammamish

Apr. 29, 2014
External article, Issaquah Press
Sally Jewell announces watershed partnership

Apr. 25, 2014
Interior Secretary Jewell pitches in with Lake Sammamish kokanee restoration
Leader of nation’s top conservation agency joins King County Executive to release juvenile kokanee, announce new urban refuge education project

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