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Each year Kokanee make their way up Taylor Creek at Lake Tahoe to spawn, and each year black bears come to feast on the land-locked salmon. This amazing cycle of nature is witnessed in very few places, and only one other place in California. The arrival of the salmon is celebrated with the Kokanee Festival on the first weekend of October. This annual event is easily viewed along the Rainbow Trail at the forest service visitor center on Hwy 89 on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.  Hundreds of people visit the site and some, if lucky, get to watch the bears fish Taylor Creek. I photographed every day for a month and eventually was presented this trophy salmon by the "World's Greatest Fisherman."