We had a great time catching steelhead opening weekend, but I was very dissappointed to see several of the steelhead we caught & released infested with “gill-lice”.
Gill lice are tiny crustaceans that trout gills. They make breathing difficult, they impede development and can slow down sexual maturity. all bad news for our decreasing steelhead populations!
Gill lice are nothing new, but what is alarming is that they are showing up on some steelhead in very high concentrations.