This is actually a 32 inch steelhead. I had to return it unharmed and uneaten because it is a NATIVE steelhead. Notice the little adipose fin behind the dorsal fin? When raised in hatcheries (up to about 4") they cut this fin off before releasing them to the river, so the keepers don't have that fin. Steelhead are basically sea-run rainbow trout. On some of the streams they get up over 20LBS! I have not been fortunate enough to even sniff one that big...My biggest is somewhere in the 13lb range.
Thank you all for your warm welcome! I'm doing a stuffed pork loin later today. Qviews coming up!!
Again, thanks for your gracious hospitality!