Steelhead: a Rainbow Trout on Steroids

December 6, 2009


Here is a Great Lakes fisherman tying spawn in net bags to use for bait.

The eggs are from a steelhead–an anadromous fish that runs up rivers to spawn and lives in the Great Lakes.  It is a strain of rainbow trout.  Pictured is Norm Spring, a founder of the Steelheaders Organization.  He mounted the steelhead hanging on the wall in 1966.

The steelhead is a trout on steroids.–they are between two and ten times larger than a rainbow trout in size but the color and markings are like the rainbow trout.  It is a cool to coldwater species.

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