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Steelhead Gender???

Discussion in 'Steelhead Talk' started by hardwaterfan, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. hardwaterfan

    hardwaterfan Twinsburg, OH (NE OH, northern edge of Summit Co.)

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    Hello friends,

    Ive heard a few tips and so on....but im still not sure if i can tell. So....

    How do YOU determine the gender of a steelhead you just caught?

    (without harming the fish)

    Thanks!
     
  2. The nose of the Hen is shorter and rounded in appearance. The Buck has a more elongated and pointed nose and also has a defined lower jaw with an upturned tip called a Kipe. As the male approaches peak spawning time the Kipe will be well developed and defined. Just type in Steelhead Pictures and go to the John Nagy site. You will see both a large Buck and a large Hen which shows what I have described.
     

  3. ASK IT IF IT LIKES TO CUDDLE..IF THE ANSWER IS YES,ITS A HEN FOR SURE :p :D
     
  4. hardwaterfan

    hardwaterfan Twinsburg, OH (NE OH, northern edge of Summit Co.)

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    lol argee!

    thanks sd.... ill check them out!
     
  5. MALE


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    FEMALE

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    Pretty easy to distinguish the difference even in fresh fish like these. The kipe gives it away, but as you can see, there's a different body shape to the fish as well. After fish have been in the river a bit, the males drasticly change color like the fish below.

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  6. hardwaterfan

    hardwaterfan Twinsburg, OH (NE OH, northern edge of Summit Co.)

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    interesting....thanks for posting matt!
     
  7. That is one FAT male!!!
     
  8. CoolWater

    CoolWater Multi-Species Fanatic

    awesome pictures and info, thanks all..... geez those are some nice fish! my personal best now looks like a guppy.... ARGH! lol
     
  9. Nic pics - Hardwater - steelhead don't have a "gender" (a politically correct term) they can be of the male or female sex - unisex salmonids are very rare. Males have a kype this time of year - females heads are smaller proportionatly. If you are still unsure you can always lift up the tail ;) and look there.
     
  10. nice fish matt... male's a hawg!
     
  11. good deal THANKS for the pics man...