ko·​kan·​ee | \ kō-ˈka-nē How to pronounce kokanee (audio) \

Definition of kokanee

: a small landlocked sockeye salmon

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Recent Examples on the Web There are trout and kokanee salmon here, plus tons of nearby wilderness areas for hiking and camping. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "18 places you can rent a boat in landlocked Colorado," 8 July 2019 Head west from Gunnison and you’ll soon find yourself in fishing heaven — the reservoir is home to the largest kokanee salmon fishery in the United States, plus lots of trout and perch. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "18 places you can rent a boat in landlocked Colorado," 8 July 2019 Kokanee have yet to emerge, and there is some concern over the number of kokanee available in the lake. sacbee, "Fishing line: Lake Tahoe is full, the Delta is dirty and several rivers close | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 The water temperature is hanging in the low 40s, a little cold for kokanee. sacbee, "Fishing line: Striper action takes off near Colusa and on Feather River | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Apr. 2018 The kokanee bite finally turned on with warmer water temperatures. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Next week's two-and-a-half-year-old kokanee, however, not only survived last week's vanguard Washington show in Puyallup, but are thriving on cold well water. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Sportsmen's Show starts Wednesday in Portland Expo Center," 2 Feb. 2018 The big news is kokanee to 16 inches are already being taken by topliners near the mouth of the river along with holdover rainbows. Bee Staff, sacbee, "Snow, cold weather slow down Northern California fishing action | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Feb. 2018 Nestled deep in the mountains above Cascade, Warm Lake is home to five species: rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, brook trout, protected bull trout and elusive Mackinaw trout. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Hit the road for your next fishing adventure. You might catch something new. | Idaho Statesman," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kokanee

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kokanee

perhaps from Shuswap (Salishan language of British Columbia) kəknǽxʷ

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“Kokanee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kokanee. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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