Steelhead, Kamloops Returns Above Average On North Shore

Minnesota’s Knife River appears to be taking relatively strong run of steelhead — Lake Superior migratory rainbow trout — this spring.

Through Friday, 802 steelhead had been captured at the Knife River Trap, said Nick Peterson, Department of Natural Resources migratory fish specialist at French River.

Last year, 922 unclipped (wild) and 41 clipped (stocked) steelhead were taken at the trap. The average number captured at the trap in the spring from 1996 to 2015 is 423.

As of Friday, the DNR had captured a total of 1,395 Kamloops rainbow trout at the French River, Peterson reported. Last spring, the DNR captured 888 Kamloops rainbows at the French. The long-term average (1993-2015) is 884.

A steelhead attempts to leap a set of falls on the Knife River. (Sam Cook photo)
A steelhead attempts to leap a set of falls on the Knife River. (Sam Cook photo)