I tried to find a salmon run on the Adams River last week, but all I found were some skulls, a 'cannon' (???), and an old Harley.
Well, Thursday the 24th was pretty NICE - sunny, around 20C (70F), so I headed out to check for 'runs' off Lake Okanagan. Because of things that occurred MANY years back the lake was cut-off from the Pacific Ocean, so the 'captive' sockeye salmon turned into "kokanee" salmon, which are land-locked sockeye that spawn in a three to six year cycle, staying (of course!) in fresh-water the whole time. (Kokanee is from an Indian word that means 'red-fish'.)
First I headed S thru Kelowna to Peachland, and the Hardy Creek at its S end, where I'd heard they were running. Saw MANY, some of which were probably in the 24 to 30" range. Here are a few pics:
If you look close, on a few of the males you can see the large 'hooked' teeth in their mal-formed jaws.
After watching this action for awhile, I headed back to the GREEN HORNET TOO, suited-up, then headed back N to Mission Creek in Kelowna, where the 'news' was saying that a salmon-run was happening.
Walked to the "spawning-creek" (quite a ways from the shore of Lake Okanagan) there, school kids everywhere, to ONLY see a few small kokanee alive, and a LOT that were already dead.
Interestingly, despite signs warning of BEARS IN THIS AREA, didn't see any (which is GOOD...), and learned that various governmental agencies are at work (US as well as Canadian) putting in "fish-ladders" along various dams, from here down to the Columbia River, and ultimately, the Pacific, and an ocean-going sockeye run is expected to happen soon....