Originally Posted by Jim Casada
but I wonder a bit about the scent thing. I was under the impression most fish had little if any sense of smell,
Steelhead either in the Pacific Ocean or the Great Lakes return to their native river by the sense of smell
that has been imprinted because they spent their first two years in that stream.
The state of New York will take eggs and deposit them via helo into the lake. That way when they are ready to spawn they will pick any stream to go up and spawn in because they have no imprint of any stream, just the lake.