Steelhead or rainbow? Seems to be the talk of the town these days. In the last two weeks I've landed two fish pushing 23 inches and a ~25 inch fish that got away. I witnessed my friend Jeff land a 28 inch fish and saw pictures of a 24 inch fish caught in the canyon. Are they steelhead, or are they residual fish? Without taking scale samples from these fish we will never know for sure. Having said that, it seems obvious to me that there are a number of fish in this part of the Yak that exceed the norm and take on many characteristics of steelhead. I have reviewed radio telemetry data from 2002 and 2003. Over 100 fish each year were equipped with radio transmitters. These fish were between 22 and 32 inches in length with the average size being ~25 inches. Most of the steelhead crossed Roza in february and march and were done spawning in may. After spawning these fish either stopped moving (died?), or rapidly made their way back down the Yakima. The majority of these fish were Teanaway spawners (over 25%). When you consider 10 years of electofishing data it is extremely rare to find rainbows 21 inches or greater. Then take into account all the large fish landed by anglers outside of late winter/spring. Take 3 inches off all your buddies "monster" fish to find the ACTUAL length and it becomes pretty convincing to me that these large fish being caught are more than likely steelhead. Question: What do you think of a Yakima river habitat enhancement project? Any specific ideas?