Tahoe’s Taylor Creek is Full of Big Kokanee Salmon and the Bears are Loving It

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The salmon run has returned to the Tahoe area and Taylor Creek is currently up to its gills (solid pun, right?) with spawning Kokanee salmon. Due to the wet winter of 2019, experts predicted a prosperous salmon run this fall, but seeing these beautiful fish in their natural habitat is always wonderful sight.

The landlocked Kokanee salmon return to Taylor Creek each fall, typically in October, to spawn. These magnificent looking fish look straight out of a fall catalog, due to their bright red hue.

The salmon were introduced to Lake Tahoe by biologists in 1944 and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has created a unique educational program to view the Kokanee Salmon in their natural habitat at Taylor Creek.

While many people visit the Taylor Creek Visitor Center to view the spawning salmon, there is no one more excited about this robust salmon run than the many bears that call Tahoe home.

Photographers have gone to the creek to see the bears feasting on the salmon, and the photos are fantastic. As the run continues through the autumn season, there will certainly be many photos to emerge, but these are the best ones we’ve seen so far:

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-black bear cub- I spent the last couple days up in tahoe, hoping to see the bears going after the salmon…i was lucky enough to spend some time with this cub, it's sibling and mom…here it is finishing off the tail end of a kokanee breakfast β€’ β€’ β€’ #bear #blackbear #taylorcreek #wildlife #tahoesnaps #exclusive_wildlife #laketahoe #southshoretahoe #california #optoutside #rei1440project #nature #tahoequarterly #travel #alltahoe #visittahoe #norcal #wildcalifornia #californiacaptures #naturalcalifornia #californiawildlife #wildlifeplanet #elite_wildlife #nature_sultans #wildlife_shots #exclusive_wildlife #animal_captures #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifeseekers #kokanee #babyanimals

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What an incredible display of nature!

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