It's not as grand a spectacle as Alaska's mighty king salmon run, or even the annual migrations of the Idaho steelhead -- but Utah has a salmon run of its own that it still quite a sight to behold.
Every September at several locations in the state, kokanee salmon in brilliant red hues migrate up certain streams where they were born to spawn and die, completing the circle of life just like every other species of salmon.
Last week, biologists said salmon were staging offshore but hadn't entered the stream yet at Sheep Creek, one of the state's top waters for viewing the kokanee migration.
"It's common in a drought year for them to start the run a week or two later than in wet years," said Ron Stewart, a conservation outreach manager for the DWR. "We won't start to worry for a few weeks."
In 2011, Stewart said the salmon started entering the stream on Aug. 22. DWR records show the salmon have come into the stream as late as Sept. 10.
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