Kokanee Salmon at Sheep Creek

The changing colors of fall are not limited to the tree tops. It’s the time of year the kokanee salmon turn blood red and the Division of Wildlife Resources are holding a free event to make viewing the salmon a great experience. “The viewing event is a little earlier this year than most years,” says Outreach Manager Tonya Kieffer, “but we’re hoping to see really good numbers of kokanee in their bright red, spawning colors. [The kokanee migration] is a great symbol of the changing seasons and an indication that autumn is here.” The salmon spawn in several streams throughout Utah during the fall months after four years of maturing in reservoirs downstream. Sheep Creek is one of the most scenic kokanee runs, says Keiffer. The event is free and will be held this Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 3pm. Biologists will also have spotting scopes on hand to view other wildlife in the area. Sheep Creek is about 6 miles south of Manila. Look for signs posted on the highway to find the event location.

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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.