The steelhead is a fish and belongs to the order of salmon and trout.
The natural habitat of trout is the cool freshwater streams and rivers. Steelhead can be found in both saltwater and freshwater, but it is rare. As the name suggests, this fish has a hard steel-like head that is emerald green in color. Steelheads are quite high on energy level making them very responsive to fly fishing and lures.
Steelhead is one of the most popular sports fish sought by anglers from around the world. They are members of the salmon family (Salmonidae), also referred to as coastal Pacific salmon or silver salmon. Their close cousins: Atlantic Salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout have all been introduced into Pacific Northwest waters. Steelheads are known for their dramatic fight, aerial acrobatics, long runs, and undulating jumps while leaping freshwater hazards.
Pacific Coast of North America
The Steelhead trout is native to the Pacific Coast of North America and is known for its long migrations up rivers and streams, deep freshwater lakes, and large bodies of water. The steelhead trout live in a wide range of habitats ranging from cold, clean alpine lakes to large rivers, estuaries, bays, and the open ocean along the Pacific coast where they spend most of their lives.
Steelheads are closely related to rainbow trout, although they have a different appearance. Steelhead often has a silvery or greenish back that fluoresces in the sunlight, hence their name. They also have spots and maybe dark on top with white bellies. Steelhead can be found in rivers, streams, and lakes throughout the state of Washington.