Summer Steelhead / Coastal Rainbow Trout, Rogue SMU

Photo Credit: ODFW


  • Species Common Name Summer Steelhead / Coastal Rainbow Trout
  • Species Scientific Name Oncorhynchus mykiss / Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus
  • State Listing Status Sensitive
  • SMU/ESU/DPS/Subspecies Rogue SMU, Klamath Mountains Province ESU


Special needs

Require streams with clean gravel, complex habitat, and cool temperatures for spawning and rearing, but able to spawn successfully in streams that are naturally intermittent in summer. Require access for anadromous migration, including adequate streamflow during downstream fry migration on naturally intermittent streams, and upstream passage for juveniles in winter during multiple years in freshwater.

Limiting factors

Water quality. Alterations of hydrology and watershed function. Fish passage. Riparian condition. Marine survival.

Conservation actions

Maintain or restore aquatic and riparian habitat. Continue ongoing restoration efforts involving landowners, tribes, and agency partners (NOAA, NMFS, ODFW, OWEB). Maintain momentum for restoration of fish passage throughout the Rogue watershed by continued funding of passage projects. Restore streamflows through cooperative projects.

Key reference or plan

Oregon Native Fish Status Report, 2005 Effects of Lost Creek Dam on Summer Steelhead in the Rogue River Phase II Completion Report, 1994 Ecology and Management of Summer Steelhead in the Rogue River, 1973