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Bull Trout

World Record ~ 32 Lbs. Caught at Lake Pend Orielle, ID on Oct. 27, 1949 by angler N.L. Higgins

Scientific name ~ Salvelinus Confluentus

Other names ~ Bull Charr, Western Brook Trout, Rocky Mountain Trout, Red Spotted Charr, Red Spotted Salmon.

Identification ~ The color of the Bull Trout varies with habitat and location, but are usually olive green with their backs being darker then the sides. Pale yellow or cream colored spots cover the sides. The pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins have white or cream colored edges. The head of the Bull trout has a larger, flattened head and a hooked lower jaw.

Size ~ Bull Trout have the ability to grow large if the habitat permits, but most angler caught Bull trout are between 2 and 5 pounds.

Habitat ~ Bull trout are found predominantly in the cool, high elevation, low to mid-order watersheds of western North America, and in lowland valleys and streams. They tend to select well-connected, structurally diverse streams that offer protection against high or low flow levels, the disruption of the stream bed, high water temperatures, freezing, and the loss of pools and cover. Bull Trout prefer deeper pools of cold running streams (55 F or less) and rivers with gravel beds. They hold close to overhanging banks, logs, wood debris, and overhanging vegetation.

Feeding Habits ~ Bull trout are opportunist feeders, eating, aquatic insects, shrimp, snails, leeches, fish, and fish eggs.

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