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Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day set for Sept. 21

Published: Monday, Sept. 9 2013 2:35 p.m. MDT

Wildlife enthusiasts can observe bright red kokanee salmon at a viewing event Saturday, Sept. 21.

Scott Root, Utah DWR

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HEBER CITY — Wildlife enthusiasts can observe bright red kokanee salmon at a viewing event Saturday, Sept. 21.

About 800 kokanee salmon recently have swum up the Strawberry River from Strawberry Reservoir. The salmon make the journey as part of their annual spawning run.

Kokanee Salmon Viewing Day is at the U.S. Forest Service visitors center at Strawberry Reservoir. The visitor center is along U.S. 40, about 20 miles southeast of Heber City.

The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Division of Wildlife Resources, the USFS and Friends of Strawberry Valley host the event every September.

Visitors also can walk to the fish trap and egg-taking facility behind the visitors center and see hundreds of the bright red fish.

DWR biologists will be available at the facility to show the salmon and talk about the peculiar life cycle of the fish.

After the eggs are collected, biologists will take them to DWR hatcheries.

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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