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.
Male kokanee from a 2003 survey of Laughing Jacobs Creek
Photos are by Hans Berge and Tim O'Leary unless otherwise noted.