Upper Peninsula of Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

Steelhead - Upper Peninsula Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

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The Steelhead (Oncorhynchus Mykiss) in the Great Lakes area of Michigan, is a lake run (potomodramous) Rainbow Trout. Their diets are dominated in numbers by invertebrates (96%), but only 10% of the diet by weight. The most common invertebrates in their diets were in the orders Diptera, Hemiptera, Amphipoda and Coleoptera many of which were terrestrial in origin. Fish composed only 4% of the diet of steelhead by number, but a much higher percent (70%) by weight. The major fish species in the diets of steelhead, in order of importance by weight, were alewife, three-spine sticklebacks, and bloater chubs.
Steelhead are found in brooks, streams and rivers here in the Upper Peninsula. In Lake Michigan tributaries, they can reach upwards of 20 pounds. Lake Superior Steelhead range on the smaller size compared to their Lake Michigan counterpart. We frequent rivers and streams from the Fall months, all the way through Spring. You can check out our Fly Fishing Reports page to see for yourself. Steelhead are known for their power and strength. Many anglers will attest that pound for pound they are the hardest fighting fish in the Great Lakes. Book Your Trip today and come catch a chrome giant with us!