What species of fish found in North Fork of CdA river can get 24" and has a red color?

Question:

I saw a large fish swimming in the North Fork of CdA. It was probably at least 2 ft long and had a maroon tint.

Answer:

It could be an early-spawning kokanee or it could be a fall Chinook salmon.  Although, fall Chinook are not typically red in color, there are color variations that have a dark red hue.

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