steel·​head | \ˈstēl-ˌhed \
plural steelhead also steelheads

Definition of steelhead 

: an anadromous rainbow trout

called also steelhead trout

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Also side-drifting roe is producing steelhead action. sacbee, "Fishing line: Lake Tahoe is full, the Delta is dirty and several rivers close | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 On the Columbia River and its tributaries, 13 varieties of salmon and steelhead are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 The Oregon wildlife agency says the situation has gotten so bad on the Willamette that there's a 90 percent chance that the winter steelhead run will go extinct if the sea lion problem isn't addressed. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 That's not new for April fishing, but this spring the walleye and steelhead trout have been in abundance., "Fishing Report for April 13: Rainbows in the Rocky; Wallace Lake drawn down," 13 Apr. 2018 The Pacific Northwest is known for its salmon and steelhead runs. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, "One state’s plan to save a protected species is to kill another species," 11 June 2018 The river will remain open Thursday below Bonneville through June 15, then will close to chinook until June 22 but remain open for summer steelhead. Bill Monroe,, "Salmon, sturgeon fishing extended in lower Columbia River," 5 June 2018 In 2017, chinook consumed 47 kilotonnes of forage fish, compared to 21 for steelhead, 19 for lake trout, 8 for brown trout and 4 for coho, according to the report. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan chinook and alewife are near the desired balance, a new report says," 28 Mar. 2018 As sea lion populations have increased, so have their forays into the Columbia in pursuit of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon heading up river to spawn. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018

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circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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