Game Fishing

Brook Trout

Our brief, plain speaking guide to brook trout.

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Brook Trout


Brook trout are indigenous to North America and its lakes and small rivers and streams,  where it is known as brook charr. They are very similar to brown trout, with a typical shape and head, and also a small extra adipose fin between the dorsal and tail fin; its most distinctive marking is the bright and pretty white edge on the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins, and a tigerish striping of the main dorsal fin. The belly is white or silver.
 
 
Habitat
Brook trout prefer clean, cool, and well-oxygenated waters. They can be found in stream, rivers, lakes, and other marine areas, ideally where the water is not going to exceed 17-18°C.
 
Breeding
Brook trout follow the typical trout breeding pattern: the female lays thousands of eggs in gravel redds on the cold water streams, to be fertilised by the male. They spawns September to December.
 
Food
When young brook trout eat insects and small crustaceans, but larger adults will also take small fish.
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