Each year, during the early fall, thousands of Kokanee Salmon migrate up from Lake Tahoe, CA. into Taylor Creek for their annual spawning ritual.
The Kokanee are a smaller version of their big cousin salmons as they generally are only about 16" on average. However, just like the larger species, they will migrate up the same inlet in which they were born to spawn and then die, to complete the life cycle of these fish. This image is of a fresh run of fish as they are just showing their bright spawning red bodies and have yet to show any signs of stress from their journey or scars from spawning battles.
Taylor Creek is a unique area as it was redesigned to allow visitors to walk along paved path ways to view the Konkanee in their native and undisturbed habitat during one of the true wonders of nature.