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Fish for Kokanee Salmon in Nantahala Lake, Aquone. NC

Fish for Kokanee Salmon in Nantahala Lake, Aquone. NC

Kokanee Salmon are the landlocked version of the Pacific Sockeye salmon. Stocked in Nantahala Lake in the early 1960's as forage for the predator population of Walleye, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, the salmon have been naturally reproducing ever since. The average Kokanee Salmon across the country is 12" with a few lakes producing larger fish. Nantahala is one of those lakes. The average salmon in Nantahala is 18" with many fish over 20".

Jeff Smith’s (above) 4-pound, 1-ounce fish, caught from Nantahala Lake on June 11, 2014 is the state record for Kokanee Salmon.

Jeff Smith with his record-breaking catch

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