Thanks for the input!GaryP1958 said:Spawned out steely!
Yeah that’s what I was thinking too the spotting pattern is not like steelhead I’ve seen but it’s definitely not a coho by the cheeks and the shape of the face it’s strange for sure, also seemed quite big for a trout in that small of a creek so I don’t knowjamisonace said:That's a tough one. I think your guesses are good but I dont know for sure. Here's a pic of a summer steelhead caught on the McKenzie late in the year.
The spotting is more consistent with a salmon but the red stripe seems different than i would expect for a coho. The Santiam system gets coho.
O. mykiss said:One thing I’m 100% sure of, that’s definitely not a salmon. It’s 100% a rainbow, it’s in full spawn mode. Im almost leaning towards a resident fish. Steelhead are much longer and skinnier with the exception of some strains of winter steelhead. A winter steelhead would be nickel bright this time of year
O. mykiss said:My first question is is the area accessible to anadramous fish? It’s possible it’s a steelhead, but a summer steelhead would have a different body shape and would be skinny.
Spawned out? Look at the guy and shoulders on that thing!GaryP1958 said:Spawned out steely!
It is definitely accessible to anadramous fish but yeah it doesn’t look like a steelheadO. mykiss said:My first question is is the area accessible to anadramous fish? It’s possible it’s a steelhead, but a summer steelhead would have a different body shape and would be skinny.
That’s trueAdmin said:Can it be a trout that stayed at home and didn't travel to the ocean and back?
No I definitely thing it’s a sturgeonjamisonace said:I am 100% sure it's not a sturgeon.
If I had to venture a guess I would say winter steelhead. Send the pic to ODFW, maybe someone there can give you a conclusive answer.
I totally agree with you!jamisonace said:I don't know how you can be 100% sure. There are just too many features that are inconsistent with summer steelhead, winter steelhead or salmon. I agree resident rainbow is a possibility but it's shape is more salmon than rainbow.
Here's a 21" McKenzie rainbow and a couple smaller rainbows. Shape and spotting are very different.
I'm at a loss to say anything conclusive.
Let's examine the facts.... Steelhead are merely anadromus trout. What you are holding looks like a kind of large rainbow (non-anadromus) I see in the Deschutes called a "red-side" and yes they are very hard to tell apart from a Steele.Trout Slayer_7 said:What kind of fish do you guys think this is
My take is that it's a fat rainbow that has potentially spawned with sea-run steelhead... it happens - and it's definitely in spawn mode. It could be a jack, for sure... but I'd rule out it being a salmon or full sea-run steelhead. I think it's a spawning fat-ass rainbow trout. Lovely fish dude.Trout Slayer_7 said:What kind of fish do you guys think this is