Kokanee fingerlings planted in Lake Tahoe

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released 138,099 kokanee salmon fingerlings into Lake Tahoe.

In all, 634,430 kokanee were released into 13 lakes and reservoirs throughout the state.

Kokanee were introduced into California waters to provide diverse recreational angling opportunities for anglers and have become an extremely popular sport fish. They are typically smaller than the landlocked Chinook salmon with the average size about 12 inches.

Due to the continuing drought conditions making it difficult to obtain kokanee eggs within the state, this year’s allotment was supplemented with eggs provided by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Instead of migrating to the ocean, adult kokanees inhabit large lakes before returning to their natal streams or gravelly shorelines to spawn. Like all Pacific salmon, kokanee die after spawning, the whole life cycle taking from three to seven years.

The fish were planted in the following waters:

Water                                                   County                             Fish Planted

Boca Reservoir                                  Napa                                 25,042

Bullards Bar Reservoir                    Yuba                                  70,140

Donner Lake                                     Nevada                              25,042

Hell Hole Reservoir                        Placer                                 25,042

Little Grass Valley Reservoir        Plumas                               15,052

Stampede Reservoir                       Sierra                                 60,027

Union Valley Reservoir                  El Dorado                         49,995

Lake Berryessa                                 Napa                                  50,111

Bass Lake                                          Madera                              50,064

Don Pedro Reservoir                      Tuolumne                         19,980

New Melones                                   Tuolumne                          55,524

Shaver Lake                                      Fresno                               50,312.