450 sockeye salmon into the lake near Stanley, Idaho-

Rare salmon get boost at Redfish. Sockeye released into lake after second summer of high returns. By Jon Duval. Idaho Mountain Express Staff Writer.

“no one has seen a sight like this since 1956. . .”

I wish I could have been there. Wonderful! I hope every year from now on there will more spawners and smolt in the lake that bears their name.

Photo of Redfish Lake from nearby mountains before the mountain pine bark beetle epidemic.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

4 Responses to Rare sockeye salmon get boost at Redfish Lake, Idaho

  1. Firebug says:

    Why are the sockeye trucked to Redfish Lake instead of swimming their way there?

  2. BrianTT says:

    That’s awesome. I remember Fish Hook Creek being red with them at the bridge by the lodge (or maybe those were Kokanee?). They have come a long ways in the last few years with this program.

  3. Chuck says:

    Kokanee are landlocked sockeye salmon.

  4. JB says:

    Good God, that’s beautiful (nice pic, Ralph)! I’ve really got to get back out West.


September 2009


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