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Steelheads are a large type of trout

that live in freshwater rivers, lakes, and streams. They have a silver body with dark markings on their back and their heads are smaller than salmon. Once they reach adulthood they return to the ocean to spawn and then die. These fish are anadromous, meaning they migrate from saltwater to lay their eggs.

anadromous fish

Steelhead is anadromous fish, meaning they spend part of their lives in saltwater and part of their lives in freshwater. They do not migrate downstream like some other species but can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest coast where there are creeks and rivers with appropriate spawning habitats.

unique salmonid

Steelheads are a unique salmonid that is genetically distinct from Pacific and anadromous salmon. The majority of steelhead populations spend part of their life in freshwater and migrate to the ocean before returning to spawn. Trout, on the other hand, live entirely in freshwater. Adult trout are commonly called “steelhead” when they are found near saltwater; however, to be considered steelhead required both an ocean phase and a freshwater phase.

family of salmonid

steelhead is an anadromous fish belonging to the family of salmonid and trouts. They spend their childhood in freshwater rivers and streams but swim with seawater during adulthood, which allows them to spawn in coastal areas. Their life cycle, habitat, and habits can be found in the article.

one of the most distinctive fish

The steelhead is one of the most distinctive fishes in North America. It is a member of the salmon family and can be identified by its silvery sides (from spots to pale stripe patterns) and distinct hooked jaw (which gives it another name- ‘hooknose’). Living throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada, steelheads are anadromous: they migrate from freshwater to saltwater while they mature. They also live in lakes, rivers, and streams – making them more likely than other species to encounter man-made interference like pollution, discharges from wastewater treatment plants, damming for hydroelectric power, and habitat destruction.

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