The steelhead shown are part of an innovative conservation program that Long Live the Kings manages in aid to support the recovery of Hood Canal’s native steelhead. They are hatched from wild-spawned eggs and when mature, they are released to spawn in the rivers and migrate to sea.
Steelhead trout are a unique species. Individuals develop differently depending on their environment. In the wild, all steelhead hatch in gravel-bottomed, fast-flowing, well-oxygenated rivers and streams. Some stay in fresh water all their lives and are called rainbow trout. Steelhead trout that migrate to the ocean typically grow larger than the ones that stay in freshwater habitat. They then return to freshwater to spawn.