Originally Posted by BigCliff
Nice! Beautiful Cutts, and I was wondering if the fourth species was going to be brookies. (didn't think it was, forgot about the kokanee)
Do the Kokanee have those teeth when they're in the lakes, or do they come out only on the spawning run like the anadromous fish? Also, do they survive to spawn again?
I can't speak to the kokanee where Yat lives, but we have several local runs here in southeast Idaho and though the teeth are present in the lake fish, they look like any trout species, they become more pronounced as they morph during the spawn. Also, the fish are like other salmon species and they die following the spawn.
Here is what they look like when they are advanced in the spawning process - this is a fish that lives in Palisades Reservoir along the Snake River and spawns in one of its tributaries:
Here is the same species as caught in Alaska after it returned from the ocean to spawn in a local lake:
We sure have fun with them, though