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.