Hey pal, do you mind? We’re trying to reproduce here! Okay, so it was kinda rude to stick my camera into these koke’s bedroom, but the shot came out pretty cool. These kokanee salmon were spawning in California’s Taylor Creek, which is a trib to Lake Tahoe. With the koke spawn just about ready to get underway, you owe it to yourself to stop by the creek if you happen to be near South Lake Tahoe this fall.
As many as 50,000 of the pint-sized red salmon swim up out of the lake every fall (October and November are the best viewing times) and it’s really cool to get a close look at Mother Nature doing her thing. Hit the Taylor Creek Visitor’s Center, which is just a few miles up HWY 89 north out of South Lake. There, you’ll find trails along the creek and a very slick underwater observation chamber.