Lake Michigan Fishing Report

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Steelhead

 

 

Steelhead

The steelhead trout is a rainbow trout that spends part of its life in the Pacific Ocean. It has the same general appearance as other rainbow trout. The two kinds have different numbers of scales, and migratory patterns.

Over decades there has been a lot of arguement about whether a steelhead is a salmon or a trout. Today it is widely accepted that the steelhead is a rainbow trout with a different life cycle.

In general, steelhead trout have small heads with well-developed teeth on the roof of their mouth, and no teeth at the base of their tongue. They have an adipose fin and black spots on their back, sides and fins. Steelhead trout are very silvery fish at sea, and become pink or red on their sides once they enter the rivers. The adults have torpedo shaped bodies. When they are spawning the male’s jaw gets longer and develops a knob on the tip.

 

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