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Small Steel Or Big Redside?

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I'm new to the west coast. Moved to Bend a few months ago. Was referred here from another site by Stonefish.

Caught this on the lower D today. 18-19" and i don't know which it is?
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Looks like an old resident to me, bit I'm no biologist.
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Welcome aboard Ryan.
I agree with Trip, looks like a redside to me.
There are a number of members on the board from Oregon, so hopefully they'll chime in on this.
Great looking fish and glad to see you are getting out and enjoying your new home waters.
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Oh duck here we go again. I'm calling it a steelhead
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Nice trout
Oh duck here we go again. I'm calling it a steelhead
You would like that, wouldn't you.;)
Oh duck here we go again. I'm calling it a steelhead
You would.
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View attachment 128426 I'm new to the west coast. Moved to Bend a few months ago. Was referred here from another site by Stonefish.

Caught this on the lower D today. 18-19" and i don't know which it is?
Welcome, and what area did you move here from? I'm assuming that big brown in your avatar didn't come from Washington.
I'm calling it a nice trout. Thanks everyone.
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Welcome, and what area did you move here from? I'm assuming that big brown in your avatar didn't come from Washington.
Moved to Oregon from outside Philly. The big brown came from Oregon.
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Welcome aboard....

That looks like a (very old) redside to me.

I recall getting one nearly identical to that not too long ago sipping midges in a back eddy. All he gave me was a couple of head shakes, then swam right in.
View attachment 128426 I'm new to the west coast. Moved to Bend a few months ago. Was referred here from another site by Stonefish.

Caught this on the lower D today. 18-19" and i don't know which it is?
Troot.

But sea run or not, great fish.
Strange in that it's so thin for this time of year. Looks like a spring spawner that we used to catch when the opener was in April. Most redsides are pretty chunky in the fall. I say trout.
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Couple more inches and it would definitely be considered a steelhead.
Nice Fish!!
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View attachment 128426 I'm new to the west coast. Moved to Bend a few months ago. Was referred here from another site by Stonefish.

Caught this on the lower D today. 18-19" and i don't know which it is?
Judging by the size of its tail, I'd say small steelie. That, and I've never seen a "reside" that red this time if year, and/or that dark.
Looks like an Atlantic Staghorn Sturgeon.
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Looks like an Atlantic Staghorn Sturgeon. View attachment 129270
The elusive giant Atlantic staghorn sturgeon, to be exact.
A close look at the dorsal fin of the fish in question looks to be deformed - making it a hatchery fish.

If indeed a hatchery fish it is unclipped and therefore likely a out of basin steelhead stray.

curt
My vote is red side i have swung up a few on the lower D that had me wondering. I have caught 22" hatchery steelhead and 22" resident trout on that river. All the wild steelhead i have landed down there let me know right away its no trout, taking multiple runs ripping into the backing. My first season there i was trying to show my friend how to spey cast and on my first solid swing before my muddler sank a large trout or steelhead (still not sure to this day) came up and grabbed it we landed in my 22" measure net tail fully sticking out. You can often spot some huge trout in the back eddies sipping on middges and bwo this time of year.
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