Steelhead Chant

This Steelhead Chant was created by two teachers:

By Matt Pope and Katie Carlson


I don’t know but I’ve been told

The Steelhead life cycle is very old

Females lay eggs in the redd

By moving their tales in the gravel bed

Males come along and fertilize with milt

And the cycle begins, the nest is built


The eggs lay there on the river ground

With a pinkish color and a shape that’s round

Oxygenated water must be really cold

So they hatch after being just a few weeks old


Sound off        Anadromous

Sound off        River and sea

Sound off        1234


The alevin’s have the yolk sac attached

This happens after the eggs have hatched

Give them the nutrition that they need

On the yolk sac they will feed


Once the yolk sac is all gone

The fry emerge with parr marks on

Which help them camouflage to not be prey

They search for food all night and day


Sound off        Cycle of life

Sound off        6 year span

Sound off        1234 endangered


After living in the river for one full year

Fry become smolt, parr marks disappear

Juveniles about 6 inches long

As they grow into adults and become strong


As an adult they can be almost 2 feet in length

Migrate to the ocean using their strength

Swimming downstream they make their way

For 2 to 3 years in the ocean they’ll stay


Sound off        Migration

Sound off        Unique fish

Sound off        1234 Steelhead


After living some years in the ocean blue

They migrate back knowing what to do

Using the scent of trees and the damp Earth

They return to spawn in the creek of their birth


The females move the tiny rocks in the gravel bed

They use their tales to make the redd

Eggs are laid and fertilized

Tiny pinkish spheres with two black eyes


Sound off        Cycle repeats

Sound off        Begin again

Sound off        1234 steelhead trout


steelhead chant

About Ethan Rotman

Ethan Rotman (Bayareatic) manages and coordinates programs that hatch fish in classrooms for the San Francisco Bay Area. He also chairs the committee that manages these programs throughout the state. Ethan has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for over 20 years.
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