Steelhead is one of the most sought after fish in North America.
Steelhead is the name of the migratory population of the rainbow trout. It is not native to the Great Lakes, but rather to the Pacific North West. It was stocked in some of the Great Lakes rivers, and stocking programs continue each year.
The life cycle of the steelhead is that they spend part of their life in streams and rivers, where they mate and lay their eggs. Then the adults return to the lake, as well as the fingerlings when they grow up a bit. In the lake, they feed on baitfish schools, and hence can attain large sizes, as opposed to the river-only rainbow trout.
Here are some photos of my first steelhead. I am intentionally leaving the location unnamed for the sake of decreasing pressures on fisheries.