Steelhead

No teeth in throat at back of tongue.

Slim body. Olive to silver colour. Heavy speckling on upper back.

Squared tail with uniform spotting.

  
The debate continues over whether Steelhead are a species of Salmon or Trout. Regardless of the debate, fly fishing for them is considered one of sport fishing’s greatest challenges.

Length

68 to 75 cm (27 to 30 inches)+

Weight

2.5 to 3.5 kg (8 to 10 lbs)

Habitat

Ocean, rivers and streams from California to Alaska. In B.C., they are found in many locations along the entire coast.

Fishing

Peak season is winter, but summer is also popular. Traditionally caught by float fishing, but fly-fishing is preferred by experts.

Cooking

Grilling and broiling are popular.

Notices

In addition to your Freshwater Fishing Licence, a Steelhead conservation stamp must be purchased and other conditions will apply.

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