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Steelhead Trout

Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss

Habitats: Great Lake Huron, Great Lake Michigan, Great Lake Superior

Edibility Score:
3.0/5

Toxicity Level: Medium

State Recommended Max Servings Per Month: 1

Steelhead Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss – scientific name

 

Lake Superior Steelhead Trout are native to the area. Each spring and fall, a population of wild steelhead runs into the tributaries of Great Lakes Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron.

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.

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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