Kokanee Salmon: A Sight Worth the Effort to See

People have been making the trip to Daggett County this month to catch a first hand peek at the salmon as they spawn. For those new to the experience, you are in luck. An annual free viewing event is being held this weekend. The viewing site is easy to get to, located about six miles south of Manila with signs posted from both directions on SR-44. Seeing the Kokanee Salmon in their bright red spawning colors as they make their way up the river to spawn is amazing. It is during their journey they undergo a dramatic transformation as their color changes from sleek silver to fluorescent red, shares the Division of Wildlife Resources. The viewing event allows you to view the fish as they “embark on the most important (and final) mission of their lives.” Be sure to also bring a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope to look for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, sandhill cranes, red-tailed hawks, song birds, squirrels, and other wildlife that are usually poking around. The event is being held on Saturday, September 15th, from 9am to 2pm.

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.