Steelhead are rainbow trout that spend time in the ocean and also after that return to fresh water to spawn. Rainbow trout that reside in the Wonderful Lakes and also move to surrounding tributaries to spawn are additionally called steelhead though they do not make it to the ocean. The native environment of steelhead is the seaside waters as well as streams feeding to the Pacific Sea, reaching from parts of Russia to Alaska as well as down the west coast of the United States, however, freshwater rainbow trout have been introduced all over the globe, on every continent except for Antarctica.
Though steelhead are technically rainbow trout, they have some particular quirks and also behaviors that set them apart. Steelhead are typically much larger, occasionally reaching 4 times their solely freshwater counterparts. Steelhead resemble salmon during that they return to spawn in the area they were hatched out, yet they could generate a number of times in their lifetime.