Steelhead Trout – A few tips for catching Steelhead Trout

Steelhead Trout or what ever you want to call them are one of the best fighting fish that you will find anywhere. Steelhead trout are probably the most fun once they are hooked than any other fish I have caught.
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May 12, 2011 - PRLog -- Steelhead Trout is actually sea run rainbow trout that normally returns to freshwater for spawning after 2 to 3 years at sea. If you have not figured it out yet, rainbow trout and steelhead trout are the same species. The steelhead trout is sometimes called a salmon trout or iron head. There are several other fish in the salmonid family that are called trout, some travel to the ocean like steelhead trout and salmon while other live in freshwater only.

Steelhead Trout have been introduced into at least 45 different countries for food or sport. These steelhead trout introductions have occurred on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. The introduction of steelhead trout in areas such as Southern Europe, Australia and South America have had a negative effect on local native fish. Steelhead Trout have  had this effect by out competing native species for food, transmitting diseases, hybridization with closely related species or just out right eating them.

Steelhead Trout or what ever you want to call them are one of the best fighting fish that you will find anywhere. Steelhead trout are probably the most fun once they are hooked than any other fish I have caught. It is not only the size of the steelhead trout that helps them in this fight but also the fact that steelhead trout are caught in rivers and streams. Steelhead trout use the current of these tributaries to assist them in the fight. Combine this with the elusive nature of the steelhead trout due to their unpredictable spawn cycles and you will find that steelhead trout is indeed a formidable foe for fishermen around the world.

Summer run steelhead trout are usually found further inland than their winter run brethren. The Columbia River Basin is a great place to locate summer run steelhead trout between the months of May to October. Summer run steelhead trout also require time in fresh water to mature before spawning. Steelhead trout prefer streams that are fast flowing and well oxygenated.

Winter run steelhead trout can be found in rivers between the months of November and April. Steelhead trout will begin to enter rivers and streams after the first few major storms of the winter season after the sandbars break up and the steelhead trout can enter the rivers that lead to the spawning grounds.  If you really think about it, the smart thing for a fisherman to do is to follow the steelhead trout up the river towards the spawning grounds and back  to the mouth after the spawn. This is because, unlike salmon, steelhead trout will not die off after spawning but rather return to the sea and spawn several more times. The oldest steelhead trout on record was a whopping 11 years old.

Steelhead trout typically face upstream. For this reason, if you’ fish upstream from where you are standing you’re less likely to spook the steelhead trout.

If at first you can’t seem to entice a steelhead trout to bite, MOVE!  Steelhead trout like to congregate in a certain area of a pool in the river. If you can not entice a steelhead trout to bite after a few casts or see any evidence of the steelhead trout in the pool, move upstream.  Steelhead trout can usually be found in schools in nearby pools,  once you have found  one steelhead trout you can be sure there are others around.

Unlike salmon, steelhead trout very often return to the sea after spawning. In some tributaries it may be in your best interest to engage in catch and release for steelhead trout so that they can continue on and carry out the spawning cycle and return next season. By doing this, you could have a hand in ensuring that there are steelhead trout runs available for your children and grandchildren to enjoy runs for years to come.

One final thing to remember about steelhead trout is that they are predators. These steelhead trout feed on crayfish, mollusks, crustaceans and smaller fish. Keep this in mind when selecting your bait or artificial lures for enticing old ironsides, steelhead trout, to bite your hook.

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