Kokanee Salmon Numbers Rebound

By KISS News Staff
November 27, 2015 - 12:43pm

Kokanee fish stocks are making a comeback in Okanagan lakes and streams.

BC's Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural resources says there were 336, 500 spawners in Okanagan Lake this year, up from just 80,500 last year.

It was the highest return since the counts began in 1992.

"This large return was primarily a result of an increase in shore spawning kokanee. Stream-spawning kokanee totalled 31,500 and shore-spawning totalled 305,000," says Dr. Hilary Ward, a Fisheries Stock Assessment Biologist with the ministry.

There were 36,500 of the land-locked salmon in Kalamalka Lake, well above the 10 year average of 20-thousand.

"This represents an above average return," comments Ward.

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