| Steelhead rainbow trout is the other type of fish raised here at the hatchery.
Their Latin name is: Oncorhynchus mykiss (on-co-ring-cuss my-kiss).
Steelhead, sea-going rainbow trout, are primarily found along the Pacific
Coast from the Aleutian Islands to northern San Luis Obispo County.
Occasionally they may enter the Ventura River further south.
|The California steelhead are divided into three classes: fall, winter and
spring. This is based on the time they enter fresh water for the spawning
migration. The spring-run steelhead enter the rivers in the spring and
early summer and remain almost a year in fresh water before spawning the
following February or March.
Most steelhead spawn in the winter months. Unlike the king salmon, steelhead
do not die after spawning. They return to their home lake or stream. This
facility spawns these fish without killing them and returns the parent
fish back into the Feather River.