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Wild salmon season returns to area Lake Superior streams

 

Submitted Photo

A CHINOOK salmon splashes on its way up the Sioux River, near Washburn, Wis., on Wednesday. Frequent photo contributor Gary Jackson, of Ironwood, said it was "his lucky shot of the day." The fish climb the waterfalls on the popular fishing river, then spawn.

By RALPH ANSAMI

ransami@yourdailyglobe.com

As sure as the leaves fall every autumn, salmon from Lake Superior enter tributary streams on spawning missions.

Cohos and their bigger cousins, chinooks, head upstream to spawn in gravel-bottomed rivers, perpetuating the species.

This year, with ample rainfall following an equally wet summer, streams ranging from Black River, in Gogebic County, to the Brule River, in Douglas County, are running high, just as the fish prefer.

The females fan their tails in shallows, making beds to lay their eggs, and the males, ripe with milt, follow.

Chinooks are...



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