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Steelhead fishing

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First off I hope this posts. Forum is looking a little weird right now! Some rivers don't specifically state, "up to 2 hatchery STEELHEAD can be retained". Then rules and regs. say trout up to 14" can be kept. I know steelhead fall under the trout definition. I also understand that your not to keep wild steelhead, unless otherwise stated. (Which I wouldn't that's my own personal opinion and a whole different topic) Anyway I know there are hatchery steelhead in these waters and it just confuses me as to why this is stated like this??? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Ive asked this before on a related thread and never got an answer. I know many small S river tribs that get annual smolt plants and produce steelhead. The steelhead return to spawn and their spawn return unclipped. its not excactly a native because we put them their and theyre a different strain of steelhead that typically return earlier than the native natives. The streams close on the 29th of february to let the natives spawn. ive heard opinions that a trout is a trout is a trout, and also that anything with an adipose deserves a break. Any one know whether or not its legal for sure?
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