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Kokanee Salmon Differ from Other Lake Tahoe Trout

TitleKokanee Salmon Differ from Other Lake Tahoe Trout
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-09-04
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #86 - "Kokanee Salmon" (Air Date: September 21, 2004). Michael St. Michel from the U.S. Forest Service discusses salmon spawning season at Taylor Creek.
SubjectKokanee salmon -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 86: Kokanee Salmon Air Date: September 28, 2004 **Call Chris Healy for b-roll!!!!!!!!! Tease @ 14:11 "The annual Kokanee salmon spawn is coming soon to Taylor Creek. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll have all the details coming up on tonight's Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor intro: The beginning of October marks the beginning of the annual salmon spawn at Lake Tahoe's Taylor Creek. Shelly Purdy has more in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((nats kids in chamber)) ((track 1)) This October, Taylor Creek will be packed…not only with salmon, but with visitors here to watch the salmon spawn. ((sot @ 6:02 Michael St. Michel, U.S. Forest Service)) "…We'll have anywhere from 100-150 kids a day Monday through Friday coming on field trips and we get them as far away as Sacramento and Reno, Fallon and they come with their teachers to basically learn about the life cycle of the Kokanee Salmon. ((track 2)) Taylor creek gives students and other visitors a chance to see the salmon in the creek…both from above the water and below. The stream profile chamber was built in the mid 1960's. It provides an up close and personal view of the spawning salmon. ((sot @ 6:30ish)) "…they'll be swimming right by them and the kids will be able to pick up the hook on the males and the humpbacks and teeth they develop during spawning." ((s/u @ 13:47 Shelly Purdy)) "About the height of the spawning season which is sometime in mid-October, there are so many salmon in this water that Taylor Creek turns bright red." ((sot @ 7:02)) "Literally the fish make Taylor Creek solid red. Tehre's red everywhere and they're almost bumping into each other. A lot of jockeying for spawning gravels and you see a lot of fighting going on between males and females." ((track 3)) It's nature at work and you get a front row seat to all the action. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor Tag: The annual Kokanee Salmon Festival kicks off the spawning season at Taylor Creek. The festival will be held this year on October second and third.

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