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Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day is Sept. 22

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 12 2012 2:11 p.m. MDT

Those who attend this year's Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day can view bright red kokanee salmon.

Scott Root, Utah DWR

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HEBER CITY — Wildlife enthusiasts can view bright red kokanee salmon in the Strawberry River on Sept. 22.

The annual Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service visitors center at Strawberry Reservoir. The center is along U.S. 40, about 20 miles southeast of Heber City.

Bright red kokanee salmon have started to swim up some of the tributaries to Strawberry Reservoir. The salmon make this journey as part of their annual spawning run.

The DWR and Friends of Strawberry Valley host the viewing event every September amid the valley's beauty and changing fall colors.

Some salmon are visible in the Strawberry River next to the visitors center. Hundreds of salmon are also visible in the fish trap and egg-taking facility behind the visitor center.

Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will be available at the facility to show the salmon and talk with spectators about the peculiar life cycle of the fish.

For more information about the event, call the Uinta National Forest at 435-654-0470 or Scott Root with the DWR at 801-491-5656.

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