The steelhead trout is an anadromous fish, meaning it returns to fresh
water rivers to spawn. The scales of the steelhead shine flecks of silver
with a gray spotted back from head to tail and an intensely white belly;
the two colors separated by a hint of opalescent pink. Steelhead trout is
one of the most popular fish for recreational fishing, a major industry in
Washington State. The steelhead trout was adopted by the Legislature as a
state symbol in 1969.