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DWR to host kokanee salmon viewing day at Electric Lake October 9



    The Division of Wildlife Resources is hosting a free kokanee salmon viewing day at Electric Lake on Oct. 9. The event begins at 4 p.m. Electric Lake is in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, just off state Route 264.
    While the kokanee’s annual spawn occurs in September at places like Strawberry Reservoir and Sheep Creek, the fish in Electric Lake spawn a bit later. In the first half of October, they undergo physical changes, turning from a shiny silver color to bright red. Then, they make their way from deeper portions of Electric Lake upstream to lay their eggs in the sandy, shallow waters of Huntington Creek.
    “The kokanee’s bright colors stand in contrast to the rocks in these clear, shallow waters, making them very easy to watch and photograph,” says Morgan Jacobsen, DWR conservation outreach manager in southeastern Utah. “It’s one of Utah’s awesome sights of fall.”
    DWR aquatics biologists will also be present to talk about the fish and answer questions.
    Due to limited parking where the fish are spawning, participation in this free wildlife viewing event is limited to the first 20 people who register. To register online, visit the Eventbrite page at https://goo.gl/mhnfNS.

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