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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 09:58:35 AM »

  Cool, but that is one fugly fish!
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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2015, 02:16:21 PM »

Quite a fish, but I can't believe that Idaho doesn't make provision for catch and release of trophy fish - a tape measure and a good snapshot should be all it takes.

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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2015, 10:46:39 PM »

Wow, what a toad.  ;D
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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2015, 08:57:34 PM »

The extra info at the end is priceless...
How can a steelhead be endangered when they are not even a native species?
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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 07:57:44 AM »

The extra info at the end is priceless...
How can a steelhead be endangered when they are not even a native species?

I was wondering about that.  I was going to do a cut and paste, but my stupid iPhone is being temperamental again...  Anyway, only hatchery fish, identifiable by clipped adipose fin, may be retained. All others are indeed classified as endangered, and must be returned immediately.

I can only assume that this is an effort to preserve what genetics remain of the native rainbows, called "redbands".

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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2015, 08:06:15 AM »

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A steelhead trout is a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches.

 That was interesting to me. Since I have been told they are rainbows in rivers and steelhead in lakes.
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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2015, 08:20:32 AM »

The steelhead is native to the west coast.

I believe the 20 inch minimum came out of some west coast fisheries think tank.  To protect the resource, a size limit is enforced.  Whether this fish is a migratory steelhead, or some genetic freak of a river pig is anyone's guess.  Those steelheads need to be protected as they are a valuable food source for the overpopulated sea lions.

It has similar profile to the Lake Michigan rainbows and browns of the late 60's and early 70's.
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Yea, we caught a couple little ones.

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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2015, 08:52:11 AM »

That is definitely a river bow. I've caught and witnessed enough steelhead thru pics/video/my own two eyes to say that. A 30lb steelhead looks like this.....
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Re: Big rainbow story
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2015, 09:22:00 AM »

The steelhead is native to the west coast.

I believe the 20 inch minimum came out of some west coast fisheries think tank.  To protect the resource, a size limit is enforced.  Whether this fish is a migratory steelhead, or some genetic freak of a river pig is anyone's guess.  Those steelheads need to be protected as they are a valuable food source for the overpopulated sea lions.

It has similar profile to the Lake Michigan rainbows and browns of the late 60's and early 70's.
I can't imagine throwing it back to have a sea lion gulp it down.
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