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Fish Identification - Steelhead

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Science Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss
Other Names: rainbow trout,bow, redsides, red-band trout, silver trout, steelhead, kamloops
Ideal Temp: 55 to 70
World Record: 42 lbs. 2 ounces, Alaska
Environment: lake, stream, coastal
Techniques: Light tackle, light tackle fly

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Ronald | Posted: June 4, 2010

This is for Mike. If you look up the scientific name for a rainbow trout and a steelhead they are the same Oncorhynchus mykiss. The difference is that the steelhead go to the ocean for two to four years and return. after spawning they return to the ocean, unlike a salmon.

jacob | Posted: October 7, 2009

use garlic i caught a bass in one minint

steelheader | Posted: June 23, 2009

Egg row, sand shrimp, night crawlers, jigs, corkies, spinners, spoons, just drift em all. one is going to get you a fish on. I've already nailed six in the last two weeks just off spoons...got bored slaying em off crawlers.

??? | Posted: March 30, 2006

Float fishing with a blackbird float using roe sacs(salmon eggs)works well in rivers.

Mark | Posted: April 21, 2003

Use a slow, bottom dragging retrieve for steelhead, and fish the clearer water.

Tight Lines!,

Mike | Posted: January 13, 2003

Actually, maybe and hopefully a correction for the future. Oncorhynchus Mykiss, often called a Steelhead Trout, is not a rainbow per say. It is a pacific salmon and should be so. Both are different in apearance. The wild inland Rainbow is much smaller than the Pacific strain. I'm tired of hearing and reading this, as I'm tired of hearing Pickeral, as in Walleye. Just a comment.


LonelyStrgr@aol.com | Posted: March 9, 2002

Lake Ontario Steelhead seem to show up in rivers & streams around the end of October or Beginning of November.

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