Brook Trout Information
This page has information on brook trout, a species of freshwater fish.
Brook trout are typically smaller than other trout. On average, brook trout reach sizes of 7-12 inches, but trophy fish can reach 18 inches or more.
Brook trout belong to the char family, which includes lake trout, bull trout, blue-backed trout, Dolly Varden and arctic char. These beautifully colored fish require stream temperatures that do not exceed 70 degrees F.
The species is the only stream-dwelling trout native to the Great Lakes region. The world-record brook trout was caught in 1915. The a 14.5-pound 34.5-inch behemoth was a migratory lake-dwelling form of brook trout called a "coaster". Coasters were once common In Lake Superior and its and tributaries.
The brook trout is the official state fish of West Virginia, Virginia (freshwater) Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont (coldwater).
In North America, brook trout are known by a variety of common names including: brook charr, speckled trout, coaster, brookie, square-tail, mud trout, sea trout, slob trout, native trout, Eastern brook trout, mountain trout, breac, omble de fontaine, truite, truite de mer, and truite mouchetee.
Top Flies for Catching Brook Trout
Anglers use a wide variety of flies for catching brook trout. Patterns for catching trout are usually ones that mimic what the trout are feeding on at the time of day you are fishing. These are some of the all time favorite patterns:
Ginger & Gold
Black & Peacock
Pheasant Tail nymphs
Black Foam Beetles
Trout from Amazon
Brook Trout Identification
Brook trout are mostly gray marked with red, yellow and orange, topped off with cream spots and white tipped fins.
What Do Brook Trout Eat?
According to The One Volume Nature Encyclopedia, published in 1927, the natural diet of brook trout includes "worms, small minnows, grasshoppers, crickets, bugs and insects of all sorts, toads and frogs, crawfish, lizards, and insect larvae".
Brook Trout Information
- Brook Trout
The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is one of the most beautiful freshwater fish native to North America.
Hybrid Brook Trout
Brook trout occasionally hybridize with other species. The tiger trout is a hybrid between brook trout and brown trout (genus Salmo). Another unusual trout is the splake, a hybrid between brook trout and lake trout.