Brook Trout

Post and find fish ID pictures/descriptions here!
Forum rules
Forum Post Guidelines: This Forum is rated “Family Friendly”. Civil discussions are encouraged and welcomed. Name calling, negative, harassing, or threatening comments will be removed and may result in suspension or IP Ban without notice. Please refer to the Terms of Service and Forum Guidelines post for more information. Thank you
Post Reply
User avatar
Mike Carey
Posts: 7765
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:56 am
Location: Redmond, WA

Brook Trout

Post by Mike Carey » Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:56 pm

Colouration: green to brown basic colouration with a distinctive marbled pattern (called vermiculations) of lighter shades across the flanks and back and extending at least to the dorsal fin, and often to the tail. There is a distinctive sprinkling of red dots, surrounded by blue haloes, along the flank. The belly and lower fins are reddish in color, the latter with white leading edges. Often the belly, particularly of the males, becomes very red or orange when the fish are spawning.

P7110045net.jpg (120.27 KiB) Viewed 22371 times
P8250024net.jpg (172.08 KiB) Viewed 22381 times
P8250023net.jpg (175.85 KiB) Viewed 22376 times
Last edited by Anonymous on Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.

"Takers get the honey, Givers sing the blues".

User avatar
Posts: 310
Joined: Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:08 pm
Location: washington

RE:Brook Trout

Post by crankbait42 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:33 pm


User avatar
Warrant Officer
Posts: 162
Joined: Mon May 11, 2009 9:19 am
Location: East Wenatchee WA

Re: Brook Trout

Post by Teal101 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:53 pm

The Eastern Brook Trout is not a true trout by definition, it is a Char related to Lake Trout, Bull Trout, Dolly Varden and Artic Char. It is not native to Washington state. It was the first species stocked into Washingtons high lakes in 1914, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. Over planting of such lakes lead to over population of Brook Trout and stunted populations. The stunted populations are easily identified by their large heads and slim, snake like bodies. The amount of fish in the water cannot be sustained by the forage base, thus the fish starve. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has cut back on stocks into lakes after many studies were preformed, most notably by Bob Pfeifer. In stunted lakes the WDFW has experimented with controlling Brook Trout Populations by planting Brown Trout, Tiger Musky, and Tiger Trout. These species are apex predators and are being used to reduce the amount of Brook Trout to a healthy level for the water. Success has varied depending on the lake of introduction.

Brook Trout as mentioned above can over populate waters, competing with native Salmonids. Brook Trout thrive in cold clear lakes and streams,displacing native Steelhead, Salmon, and WestSlope Cutthroat trout. Brook Trout grow large in their native eastern waters, and some populations are anadromous, living at sea for some time then returning to spawn.

The state record was taken from Wobbly Lake and weighed in at 9lbs even.

Post Reply