steel·​head | \ ˈstēl-ˌhed How to pronounce steelhead (audio) \
plural steelhead also steelheads

Definition of steelhead

: an anadromous rainbow trout

called also steelhead trout

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Research has shown that the whales will eat other fish — chum, coho, steelhead, halibut and lingcod. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Struggling orcas heavily rely on urban chinook from Seattle-area rivers, new analysis shows," 24 July 2018 But their region has some advantages, including fishing for migratory Lake Superior salmonids such as brown trout, steelhead, coho and king salmon. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Free Wild Rivers Expo highlights Ashland area's fishing opportunities," 16 Mar. 2018 Among the Association's projects is a strong lobby in the U.S. Congress to relax the Marine Mammal Protection Act and allow more control of sea lions jeopardizing wild steelhead, salmon and sturgeon below Willamette Falls. Bill Monroe,, "Saturday's Quest helps raise money for salmon, steelhead and other local fisheries," 8 May 2018 Overall, the show features about 45,000 gallons of water in the kokanee tank, the fly-casting pond, the kids-only trout pond and this year's returning crowd-pleaser, the steelhead river. Bill Monroe,, "Sportsmen's Show starts Wednesday in Portland Expo Center," 2 Feb. 2018 Cleveland area angler Hakeem Najeeullah was jigging a small spoon for yellow perch and steelhead trout when the big boy took his lure on delicate 4-pound test line., "Fishing Report Jan. 19: Cleveland Harbor ice anglers hooking trout, perch," 19 Jan. 2018 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

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circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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