Matt Hanist

11.0 lb. Steelhead caught by Matt Hanist fishing in New York on 11/03/99

Posted by Matt Hanist over 10 years ago

11.0 lb. Steelhead caught by Matt Hanist fishing in New York on 11/03/99
11.0 lb. Steelhead caught by Matt Hanist fishing on Wednesday November 03, 1999 at 08:00 near Pulaski in Oswego County, New York (NY), United States North America using a Red feather wing with silver tinsel body a Steelhead Fly

It is likely that this is a rainbow trout that was not part of the strain of Pacific steelhead that were stocked in Lake Ontario back in the early 1980's. Those fish are long and more slender - this fish is kind of short for all that body mass.

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John Gordon

Damm nice rainbow Matt. And your information is right on the money!!!

Posted by John Gordon over 10 years ago

Dennis Huskins

Great info on this post. Never new browns went out to sea also!!

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 10 years ago

Henry V

Yes, those Patagonians are monsters. Not nearly as big when they run in Jersey, but I've heard rumors of good ones. The Manasquan River sea runs are difficult to catch, partly because it's a small river with high banks. Wading is impossible when the water is high, and that's when they come in. There is a trailrace upstream where they pool, but your timing has to be very good if you want to find them. The river is loaded with small browns and rainbows, but the big ones come in during the cold months (Nov-Feb) when most anglers don't want to brave the elements. Occasionally a salt water fisherman will pull a big one up in the Manasquan inlet and think it's a stray salmon. The browns stage in the inlet waiting for conditions to be right before they head upstream.

Anyhow, it's a little known and difficult fishery, but a rarity on the east coast.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 10 years ago

Matt Hanist

Henry V,

I didn't know that NJ had any sea run brown trout. That is very cool! I used to live in NJ and my favorite stream was Big Flatbrook. If you Google "Chilean Sea Run Brown Trout" you will see some absolutely huge sea runs from Patagonia.

Posted by Matt Hanist over 10 years ago

Henry V

Very informative. Brown trout also migrate to sea, and are known as "sea runs." There is a good place to catch them in New Jersey on the Manasquan River. It is a hard place to fish, and they are difficult to catch, but if you look at the NJ Wildlife site and find the Sea Run Brown Trout program, you can see some amazing photos of that rare fish. I;ve caught a few small ones, but there are some 5-10 lb fish in that river this time of year, and I;ve heard rumors of larger ones.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 10 years ago

Matt Hanist

Hello Brandon,

Yes, typically before the stocking of Pacific steelhead smolts into the Great Lakes back in the early 1980's, a steelhead was a rainbow trout that was born in a freshwater stream or river that eventually led to the Pacific Ocean. I'm not a fisheries biologist but I'm almost certain that at one time, way back before people thought that stocking fish into waters where they had never been before was a good idea, rainbows were only found in watersheds West of the Continental Divide. I know for a fact that the rainbows and browns that are all over the east side of the Continental Divide in Montana all originally came from someplace else and were stocked into those watersheds. The only "native" trout in Montana were various species of the cutthroat and the Dolly Varden.

Some rainbows migrate back to the sea as soon as they progress beyond the smolt stage. They return from the sea sometimes after their first full year in the salt but most steelhead rivers in CA, OR, and WA the fish wait until there second or third year. The longer they stay in the ocean before they come back to freshwater the bigger they will be.

The pictures of steelhead I have been posting are, except for the one I mentioned, offspring of eggs and smolts that had a Pacific origin and were nutured in states like MI, WI, OH, PA, and NY. Then released into streams that enter the Great Lakes.

Posted by Matt Hanist over 10 years ago

Brandon Mabrey

so a steel head is just a rainbow trout that has made it to the ocean correct me if im wrong but I never new that.....

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 10 years ago

Henry V

Wow.

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 10 years ago

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