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    when dollies go out to sea for winter do they return to the same stream or river that they left?

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    Actually dollies do not spend the winter at sea....they stay in river systems during the coldest months.....although not necessarily their natal rivers. Dollies have been tagged up north in Alaska and found during the next winter in Siberian rivers....they can cover alot of ground. From my reading, though, when it comes time to spawn it is usually in their home river. There is a lot of variability in their lifestyles.

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    what about steelhead, do they use the same streams?

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    steelhead do spawn in the stream of their birth, however, in many rivers, there are spring and fall (or summer and winter) steelhead. these fish return to spawn during their respective season and stay around for a while before returning to sea. for example: fall steelhead typically return to spawn august-october, then stay in the river through winter before returning to the sea in the spring - that is, if they're lucky enough to survive the rigors of spawning and the harsh winter. steelhead also have a tendancy to "stray" from their natal streams and have been found in streams far from where they were born. this "straying" phenomenon is natural and occurs in a small percentage of all anadramous fishes. so as you can see - the answer to your question is more complicated than a simple yes or no... hopefully i've cleared it up a bit for you.
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    Well said Mark! Same holds true for landlocked steelies and salmon like in the great lakes for example.

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    There is some straying in ocean run salmon as well.

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    sea run dollies typically exit their streams in late april and early may following the pink and chum fry, they then spend the summer in the salt then return to streams following the spawning salmon. After fatening up they run up small streams to spawn in october or november, then they typically head to lakes to overwinter, if there are lakes in the system, they wait till april then head back out.
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