Plank-Grilled Steelhead

20 Aug
Steelhead Trout

Steelhead Trout We Ate

We went fishing this past weekend up at the mouth of the Deschutes River, close to where it runs into the Columbia River Gorge. We didn’t catch any fish, but one of our friends we were with did. The scenery there is just breathtaking! So although no fresh fish for dinner last night, I defrosted a filet of Steelhead that my husband caught the weekend before on the same river. We plank-grilled it using this recipe here:

Plank-Grilled Salmon

Even though we used our propane grill this time, it came out just as juicy and tender as the salmon we grilled when camping. We just had to adjust the cooking time to a bit longer since our propane grill doesn’t get nearly as hot as a coal grill. I didn’t capture any pictures of it last night, but it was the exact same recipe except the fish was Steelhead instead of Salmon. A Steelhead is so similar to a Salmon that you really can’t see or taste the difference. I also found out this interesting factoid when looking up the difference between the two fish. A Salmon dies after it spawns when returning from the ocean, and a Steelhead does not! Which means when you missed catching that Salmon on your fishing trip, you’ll never have a chance to catch it again. But if you miss catching that Steelhead, you’ll get another chance the next year. 🙂 With that I leave you with some pictures of our trip.

Deschutes River and Columbia River Gorge

Deschutes River and Columbia River Gorge

Moody Rapids on the Deschutes River

Moody Rapids on the Deschutes River

Fishing a Side Channel of the Moody Rapids

Fishing a Side Channel of the Moody Rapids

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