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Rainbow Trout

Scientific Name: Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss

Habitats: Caspian Pit, Fire Lake, Golden Lake, Great Lake Huron, Great Lake Michigan, Great Lake Superior, Hannah Webb Lake, Long Lake

Edibility Score:
3.0/5

Toxicity Level: Medium

State Recommended Max Servings Per Month: 1

Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Rainbow Trout salmon family Salmonidae.

You can find Rainbow Trout in U.P. Lakes and Rivers as well as the Great lakes where they become Steelhead.

Like many fish the best time to catch Rainbow Trout is during the early morning hours. To be more specific, fish from dawn until about two hours after sunrise. The next best time is late afternoon, from about three hours prior to sunset until dusk.

Rainbow trout don’t have eyelids and can’t dilate their pupils, they must seek shade in extreme sun to avoid bright lights.

Artificial Inline spinners, spoons, curly tail jigs and grubs, or very small crankbaits are fantastic smaller lures for rainbow trout between 10-12 inches in size.

Wild Steelhead trout are essentially Rainbow Trout, although Steelhead trout are a unique species. Individuals develop differently depending on their environment. All wild steelhead trout hatch in gravel-bottomed, fast-flowing, well-oxygenated rivers and streams. Some stay in fresh water all their lives and are called rainbow trout. Steelhead trout will migrate to the ocean grow larger than the Rainbows that stay in freshwater. When the spawn comes they then return to freshwater streams to repeat the cycle.

Unlike a salmon, which dies after spawning, steelhead trout can spawn, return to the ocean, and migrate back upstream to spawn several times.
Offspring of two steelhead trout, and offspring of two resident rainbow trout can create a steelhead or a rainbow trout all dependent if the fish stay in freshwater river or return to the great lakes and ocean.

Hybrid Trout and variants come from mixing Brown, Book, and Lake trout making Tiger and Splake Trout. Rainbows can split to steelhead trout in the great lakes or live in local rivers as rainbows.

Fishing Season

Season: Trout, Salmon.

WICSONSIN

Early inland trout waters Catch and Release 5 am on the first Saturday in January to the Friday preceding the First Saturday in May at midnight
General Inland Trout Season First Saturday in May from 5:00 AM to October 15.
Trout Salmon Wisconsin Continuous except for the open season for lake trout is December 1 to September 30
Brule River (i.e., "boundary" Brule in Florence & Forest Counties) upstream from US Highway 2 Last Saturday in April to September 30

Outlying waters means Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer's Harbor and the Fox River from its mouth up to the dam at De Pere.

LINK TO WISCONSIN REGULATIONS

MICHIGAN

Brule River (i.e., "boundary" Brule in Florence & Forest Counties) upstream from US Highway 2 Last Sat. in April - Sep. 30

LINK TO MICHIGAN REGULATIONS

WI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Wisconsin Record Rainbow Trout (Inland).

Weight - 12 lbs. 3 oz. Length 29.5 Inches.

Date - 06/15/2006

Location Elbow Lake Marinette County.

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Wisconsin Record Rainbow Trout Steelhead (Outlying).

Weight - 27 lbs. 2 oz. Length 42.5 Inches.

Date - 07/26/1997

Location Lake Michigan Kewaunee County.

Outlying waters means Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer's Harbor and the Fox River from its mouth up to the dam at De Pere.

Wisconsin Hook and Line Records for Fishing

MI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Michigan Record RAINBOW TROUT (Steelhead)

Weight - 26.5 lbs. Length 39.5 Inches.

Date - 1975

Type - Trolling

Location Lake Michigan.

Michigan Hook and Line Records for Fishing
DNR Master Angler Michigan.gov Program and Map

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