Paul Rumbach's avatar Paul Rumbach

Steelhead Trout are a migratory version of Rainbow Trout that live in the ocean or Great Lakes for part of their lives and migrate upstream into rivers to feed and spawn. Throughout their lifespan, they undergo various changes in color an appearance. In Lake Michigan, they are metallic chrome in appearance with a blue-gray color on their backs (i.e. the fish on the right). Once in the rivers, they begin to develop a metallic pink color with olive green on their backs. These color changes help disguise them from predators, including human anglers. Additionally, many of the males will turn a dark red color during the spring spawn and develop a hooked beak (the fish on the left). The red color attracts mates while the large beak is used for fighting other males.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0.5 inches
  • Medium: oil
  • Width: 20 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 16 inches