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Brown Trout

World Record ~  40 Lbs 4 oz. Caught at Little Red River, AR on May 9, 1992 by angler Rip Collins

Scientific name ~ Salmo Trutta

Other names ~ German Brown Trout, Brownie, Loch Leven Trout, Saibling, European Brown Trout, Von Behr Trout, and English Trout

Identification ~ A Brown trout's body can be olive green, brown, or golden brown in overall tone. The belly is white or yellowish. Large, dark spots are outlined with pale halos on the sides, the back and dorsal fin, with reddish-orange or yellow spots scattered on the sides. The head and the fins along the back can have spots. The sea run Brown Trout are more silvery and the spots less visible

Size ~ Normal size for a river or stream Brown trout is 9 to 16 inches and 1 to 2 pounds. Brown trout that reside in large lakes or are sea run can exceed 10 pounds.

Habitat ~ The Brown Trout is a wary and elusive fish that looks for cover more than any other trout. They will take cover under over hanging banks, logs, big rocks, deep pools, and overhangs of vegetation. The sea run Brown Trout can live up to 9 years at sea. The brown trout is native to Europe and western Asia and was introduced into North America in 1883. It can be found in most waters in Canada with the exception of Prince Edward Island and Manitoba. The essential requirements for brown trout to survive are clear, well-oxygenated cool water, and temperatures of 54 F to 68 F. They can survive in waters up to 75 F but do best in rivers and lakes below 68 F This is usually found in mountain or upland streams, away from occupied, cultivated or overgrazed lands, but may also be in lakes or farm dams in which the catchments is well managed.

Feeding Habits ~ Generally feeds on aquatic and terrestrial insects, crabs, frogs and small fish if they are available. Sea run Brown Trout have a diet of mostly smaller fish, whereas Brown Trout in streams and rivers tend to have a diet mostly made up of insects.

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