rainbow trout
steelhead
redband trout
Catlow Valley redband trout
McCloud R. redband trout
Great Basin redband trout
Warner Valley redband trout
Goose Lake redband trout
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Overview

Steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) belong to the family Salmonidae which includes all salmon, trout, and chars. Steelhead are similar to some Pacific salmon in their life cycle and ecological requirements. They are born in fresh water streams, where they spend their first 1-3 years of life. They then emigrate to the ocean where most of their growth occurs. After spending between one to four growing seasons in the ocean, steelhead return to their native fresh water stream to spawn. Unlike Pacific salmon, steelhead do not necessarily die after spawning and are able to spawn more than once.

Scientific Name

Oncorhynchus mykiss
Common Name
rainbow trout
steelhead
redband trout
Catlow Valley redband trout
McCloud R. redband trout
Great Basin redband trout
Warner Valley redband trout
Goose Lake redband trout
FWS Category
Fishes
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