Steelhead Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss

A.k.A. Names: Steelhead, sea trout
Family: Salmonidae
Range: Most rivers from Monterey California, North to Bristal Bay Alaska, Great Lakes Region, Bering Sea Regions
I.D. Tips: Red stripe follows lateral line
Run Timing: Runs in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, runs of steelhead are present every month of the year in some locations such as Umpqua, Rouge and Columbia
Travel: Travels in small groups, moves with haste through center of stream, moves along banks in high water
Holding: Drifts, riffs, pools, runs, and tailouts
Spawning Preference: Gravel side channels and shallow riffs, tailouts, spawns October through December and December through May
Spawning Color: Silver with white or greenish with one or two scarlet red stripes
Average Adult Size: 6 to 14 Lbs - Larger to over 20 lbs in Alaska and Canada

Please Keep Your Native Steelhead in Water While Releasing Them!


Fresh or Bright Female Winter Steelhead Trout


Fresh or Bright Male Winter Steelhead Trout



Fresh or Bright Male Summer Steelhead



Dark Male Winter Steelhead


Steelhead Trout [Oncorhynchus mykiss] See Photos~

Hatchery Winter Steelhead

Photos: Matthew Clark

Steelhead Trout Links & Resources


Fish I.D. Pages SSSF


Oregon Anglers Battle Clackamas River Winter Steelhead


Interesting Gold Colored Sandy River Male Winter Steelhead


Fish I.D. Pages SSSF