Steelhead in PS streams?

bek41

Active Member
Yesterday I was able to see two steelhead (post spawn?) in a very urban PS stream in Tacoma. I was very surprised. I didn't realize they still existed in such a tiny stream in Tacoma.
 

Evan Burck

Fudge Dragon
were they possibly rainbows then? cause i was 100% sure they weren't salmon. It was a small stream so I got a good look at them
Rainbows and steelhead are the same fish and spawn at the same time.

Coho can fool some people... They can look an awful lot like steelhead sometimes.
 

bek41

Active Member
yeah they kinda looked like the bottom one with a red band but wow i was fooled for sure haha i feel dumb now
 

Matt B

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WFF Supporter
Hopefully they get all their spawning done before they get hit with a big slug of polluted urban runoff from this rain!
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater....Know Grizzler
yeah they kinda looked like the bottom one with a red band but wow i was fooled for sure haha i feel dumb now
I won't sweat it as they do look different in their spawning colors versus what you are used to seeing in the salt.

Cool also that you are trying to identify them while they are in the stream.
I see lots of internet threads where people catch a fish, bonk it then post a picture asking what kind of fish it is....:eek:
SF
 

Yard Sale

Huge Member
Hopefully they get all their spawning done before they get hit with a big slug of polluted urban runoff from this rain!
They probably grew up in that shit.

Did you happen to see how many eyes they had? Were you able to spot them in the dark?
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
WFF Supporter
Several of the small creeks around Tacoma have small populations of salmon. These are creeks that you can straddle. Examples include Puget Creek off Ruston Way, Swan Creek off Pioneer Way, and Hylebos Creek in Fife. I have seen chums spawning in all three in the fall and I know that coho have been observed in Puget Creek.
Some of these creeks have attracted dedicated advocates who work on habitat improvement and monitoring. Two examples are Puget Creek Restoration Society (http://www.pugetcreek.org/) and Friends of the Hylebos (https://www.earthcorps.org/our-story/hylebos/).

Steve
 

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