Photos of Lake Sammamish kokanee, a freshwater sockeye salmon that lives its life in the lake rather than migrating to food-rich salt water. These kokanee photos were taken in during the spawning runs in creeks that flow into Lake Sammamish and fish were in their spawning colors. Kokanee living in lakes look more silvery and are commonly known as "silver trout" or "bluebacks."
Male kokanee from a 2003 survey of Laughing Jacobs Creek
Photos are by Hans Berge and Tim O'Leary unless otherwise noted.
For questions about Lake Sammamish kokanee and these photos, please contact Perry Falcone, Kokanee Recovery Manager, WLRD Regional Partnerships Unit.