Photo and Fish caught by Brandon Hoxie

This is a native Steelhead, just before being released back into the river in Northern Idaho.  The red color, like the leaves turning for autumn is significant to those that love to fish for steelhead.  It is a sign that the quality of the fish meat is beginning to soften. 

For those that don't know you can tell a native fish from one raised in the hatchery from the adipose fin, the one on top right in front of the tail.  When the fish are raised in a hatchery, they remove the adipose fin.  A native steelhead will have the full fin and should be immediately released if caught to help secure the future of the species in our fishing waters.

The above fish is a native, and those below are hatchery raised.


Photo and Fish caught by Brandon Hoxie