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Photos of Lake Sammamish kokanee, a freshwater sockeye salmon that lives its life in the lake rather than migrating to food-rich salt water.  These kokanee photos were taken in during the spawning runs in tributary creeks and represent fish in their spawning colors.  Resident kokanee found in lakes differ in appearance and are commonly known to fishermen as  "silver trout" or "bluebacks", aptly describing the color of the immature fish.
 

A male and female pair up for spawning in the oxygen rich waters of Ebright Creek
A male and female pair up for spawning in the oxygen rich waters of Ebright Creek, photo by Roger Tabor, USFWS
Kokanee pair up to spawn in restored habitat in Ebright Creek, Sammamish
Kokanee pair up to spawn in restored habitat in Ebright Creek, Sammamish. Photo by Roger Tabor, USFWS
Lake Sammamish kokanee in Ebright Creek, Sammamish
Lake Sammamish kokanee in Ebright Creek, Sammamish.  Photo by Roger Tabor, USFWS
A male (background) and female (foreground) pair up to spawn in Ebright Creek
A male (background) and female (foreground) pair up to spawn in Ebright Creek, photo by Roger Tabor, USFWS
Ebright Creek is the site of a restoration project aimed at increasing stream and spawning habitat
Ebright Creek is the site of a restoration project that opened good habitat for migrating spawners, photo by Roger Tabor, USFWS
Picture of a pair of spawning kokanee in Lewis Creek near Issaquah, Washington
Kokanee spawning pair in Lewis Creek - photo by Bill Priest ©
Picture of a male kokanee, courtesy of Scott Craig
Male kokanee - photo by Scott Craig ©
Picture of kokanee in Lewis Creek near Issaquah, Washington
Male kokanee or landlocked sockeye salmon, indicating relative size - Ebright Creek
Picture of a male kokanee salmon from a 2003 survey of Laughing Jacobs Creek, Sammamish, WA
Male kokanee salmon indicating relative size - Laughing Jacobs Creek
Picture of a male kokanee from a 2003 survey of Laughing Jacobs Creek, Sammamish, Washington
Male kokanee from a 2003 survey of Laughing Jacobs Creek
Picture of a male kokanee salmon from a 2003 survey of Laughing Jacobs Creek, a Lake Sammamish tributary
Male kokanee from a 2003 survey of Laughing Jacobs Creek, a tributary to Lake Sammamish
Picture of a male kokanee showing its relative size, from Laughing Jacobs Creek, Sammamish, WA
Male kokanee showing it's relative size, from Laughing Jacobs Creek
Photo of male kokanee carcasses from a 2008 survey of Lewis and Ebright Creeks, tributaries to Lake Sammamish
Male kokanee carcasses from a 2008 survey of Lewis Creek and Ebright Creek
female kokanee or "silver trout" from issaquah creek
Female kokanee from Issaquah Creek
female kokanee from Laughing Jacobs Creek, King County, WA
Female kokanee from Laughing Jacobs Creek
Female kokanee indicating relative size - Lewis Creek
Female kokanee indicating relative size - Lewis Creek
female kokanee salmon from issaquah creek
Spawned female kokanee - Issaquah Creek
Picture of an Ebright Creek kokanee swimming and finning with back out of the water - photo by Vali Eberhardt
Kokanee running up Ebright Creek - photo by Vali Eberhardt ©
Kokanee among the cobbles of Lewis Creek
Kokanee among the cobbles of Lewis Creek
Picture of a kokanee in Lewis Creek riffles
Kokanee in the riffles of Lewis Creek
Picture of a kokanee in the riffles from a 2003 survey of Lewis Creek and Ebright Creek
Kokanee in a run on Lewis Creek
Biologists inspect kokanee on Lewis Creek and Ebright Creek survey
Biologists dissect a kokanee carcass on a survey of Lewis Creek and Ebright Creek
Biologist Hans Berge releasing a kokanee salmon back into Lewis Creek
Biologist Hans Berge releasing a kokanee back into Lewis Creek

Photos are by Hans Berge and Tim O'Leary unless otherwise noted.

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