Steelhead in PS streams?

bek41

Active Member
#1
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
#4
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
#7
yeah they kinda looked like the bottom one with a red band but wow i was fooled for sure haha i feel dumb now
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#10
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
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#15
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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