Lake Tahoe's Kokanee Salmon are Spawning in Taylor Creek

[Claire Cudahy, Tahoe Daily Tribune]

As the trees begin to change colors in Lake Tahoe, so do the salmon.

Taylor Creek, one of the alpine lake's 63 tributaries, is flush with bright-red kokanee salmon swimming upstream for spawning.

"They are turning from blue-silver, which they are in the lake, to red. It's a biological thing they go through during spawning," said Sarah Muskopf, aquatic biologist for the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

The males turn a deeper red than the females and develop a hump on their back, a hooked jaw and sharp teeth...