Thanks for the input!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 knowThat'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.
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
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!Spawned out steely!
It is definitely accessible to anadramous fish but yeah it doesn’t look like a steelheadMy 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 trueCan it be a trout that stayed at home and didn't travel to the ocean and back?
No I definitely thing it’s a sturgeonI 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!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.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.What kind of fish do you guys think this is