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steelhead

(a.k.a. Rainbow Trout)

Scientific Name : Oncorhynchus mykiss

Description: Steelhead is the name given to rainbow trout that live in the Great Lakes. The coloration of these fish can be very different depending on where they live. In inland waters they are a golden color with many dark spots all over there body. The steelheads that live in the Great Lakes are a little different. They still have most of their spots, but they are mostly silver in color which means they're harder to see. Both the inland and Great Lakes types of this fish have a white mouth and gums. They range in length from 16 to 30 inches and can weigh between 2 and 16 pounds.  

Habitat: Rainbow trout are native to the western United States, but they have been introduced all over the U.S. They like to live in areas less than 35 feet deep at temperatures around 60 0 F. They prefer to live near the mouth of streams .  

Feeding: Steelheads eat mostly small fish, insects, and crayfish.

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