Brown Trout




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Game Fish Species of British Columbia

Brown Trout
Brown Trout

Salmo trutta or German Brown Trout, German Trout, English Brown Trout, Von Behr Trout, Lochleven Trout, European Brown Trout, Truite, Breac, Gealag, Brownie

DESCRIPTION - The average length of the brown trout is 16 inches and generally they weigh only a few pounds. In streams the coloring is a light brown with silvery sides and pronounced black spots on the back whereas in large lakes or in the sea the overall coloration is silvery.

DISTRIBUTION - 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 exeption of Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

BIOLOGY - Brown trout spawn in late autumn to early winter in shallow, gravelly waters. The female digs the redd where she lays about 2000 eggs. This species is carnivorous and feed on insects, crustaceans especially crayfish, molluscs, salamanders, frogs and rodents.

RELATION TO MAN - The brown trout has enjoyed only limited success as a game fish in Canadian waters because it is difficult to catch.


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