Fish Facts


  •  RAINBOW TROUT (also known as Kamloops trout & steelhead)

    • Heavily spoted along side and the caudal and dorsal fins
    • Back is green to greenish blue; sides silvery
    • Often has a pinkish band along its sides
    • Prefers cold, clean water (13°C)
    • Found in both lakes and streams
    • Reaches adulthood in 3-5 years
    • Mainly spawns in spring, but also enters rivers in the fall
    • Does not die after spawning
    • Insects, fish and spawn
    • In streams, takes wet & dry flies, worms, corn, spinners, spawn and spawn imitations
    • In lakes, may be taken with minnows, worms, spoons and plugs
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     BROWN TROUT (also known as German trout)

    • Golden brown colour, paler colour in the lakes
    • Brown and black spots on its sides, back, and adipose and dorsal fins
    • A few orange spots with pale haloes on its sides
    • Favours slower stretches of water, eddies in rivers
    • Prefers cool clean water (18°C), but is tolerant of warmer water
    • Spawns in rivers from October to February
    • Eggs hatch in spring
    • Does not die after spawning
    • Feeds on insects, fish, worms and spawn
    • Surface feed more than other trout
    • Prefered feeding times are dawn and dusk
    • In steams, takes wet and dry flies, worms, spawn and spinners
    • In lakes, found closer to the shore than other trout and salmon
    • Most often caught by trolling spoons


     BROOK TROUT (also known as speckled trout)

    • Back is olive green to dark brown; silvery white below
    • Small well defined spots on sides
    • Anal, pelvic and pectoral fins have a white leading edge
    • Found in cold, clear well-oxygenated streams and lakes
    • Prefers summer water temperatures below 20°C (68 F)
    • Spawns in the fall
    • Reaches adulthood at ages 2-3
    • Spawns mainly on gravel beds in the shallows of stream headwaters
    • Mainly insect larvae, crustaceans, fish and worms
    • Wet or dry flies, spincasting or live bait
    • Trout that most readily accepts angler's bait


     LAKE TROUT (also known as laker, Great Lakes trout and mackinaw trout)

    • Deeply forked tail
    • Colour varies from greenish grey to pale silver
    • White spots on its sides, head and caudal and dorsal fins
    • White leading edge on the pelvic and anal fins
    • Prefers the cold, clear deeper areas of lakes
    • Only uses the shallow shorelines when the water is cold
    • Adulthood is reached in 5-7 years
    • Spawns in fall on lake shoals
    • Eggs hatch in 4-5 weeks
    • Feeds mainly on alewife and other small fish
    • Can be caught using minnows, spinners, jigs and spoons


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