Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead Fishing
Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead: Oct-Dec

The Steelhead is a sea-run rainbow trout, usually returning to freshwater to spawn after two to three years at sea. Steelhead are the anadromous (migrating) version of Rainbow Trout. The Steelhead are not semelparous (meaning they do not die after spawning). Rainbow trout are the “land locked” version, and remain in freshwater throughout their life. Rainbow Trout and Steelhead are the same species

Like salmon, Steelhead are anadromous: they return to their original hatching ground to spawn. Similar to Atlantic Salmon, but unlike their Pacific Salmon kin, Steelhead are iteroparous (able to spawn several times, each time separated by months) and make several spawning trips between fresh and salt water. The Steelhead smolts (immature or young fish) remain in the river for about a year before heading to sea, whereas salmon typically return to the seas as smolts. Different Steelhead populations migrate upriver at different times of the year. “Summer-run Steelhead” migrate between May and October, before their reproductive organs are fully mature. They mature in freshwater before spawning in the spring. “Winter-run Steelhead” mature fully in the ocean before migrating, between November and April, and spawn shortly after returning.

Steelhead Fishing
Steelhead Fishing

We fish for Steelhead using artificial flies, salmon eggs, night crawlers and lures. Steelhead are approximately 2-8 pounds with the occasional fish over 10 pounds.

You are only allowed to keep one hatchery Steelhead and one hatchery trout per trip. A Steelhead punch card is also required by DFG to fish for Steelhead.

Rate: $225 per person (minimum 2)

A 50% deposit is required at time of booking. Deposits will be refunded with one month advanced notice of cancellation. I can accommodate 5 anglers/ boat. Larger parties can be accommodated with advance notice.

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