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    Species: Brook Trout

    Fish of the Great Lakes

    Brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis

    Identifying characteristics: Brook trout from streams have pale markings on a dark green background. The back is covered with wormlike marks. Lake Superior fish are more silvery with less distinct markings. In both stream and lake fish, the tail is nearly square, and the leading edge of each lower fin has a white margin. The brook trout rarely exceeds a pound in small streams. Lakes produce larger fish. The brook trout originally inhabited Lake Superior and many small cold lakes and streams throughout the state.

    These beautiful trout are also Michigan's Official State Fish after being assigned in 1988.

    The brook trout takes a fly more readily than the rainbow or brown trout. It is protected less by any innate wariness than the fact that it typically inhabits tiny alder-choked creeks that are difficult to fish.

    A Brook Trout is without question of the prettiest fishes on this great earth. The Coaster Brook Trout is currently getting a lot of attention from both the DNR and Trout Unlimited. They would like to see the population of Coasters increase to what it was in the past. I think we would all like to see that happen.

    State  Brook Trout Records for Michigan

    Species County Waterbody Year Record End Date Weight (lbs) Length (in) Angler BROOK TROUT Houghton CLEAR LAKE 1996 current 9.50 28.10 Dennis Nevins BROOK TROUT Delta LITTLE BAY DE NOC 1991 3/17/1996 6.76 26.00 Leon C. Dube BROOK TROUT Menominee LAKE MICHIGAN 1988 3/25/1991 6.76 24.50 Jeff Johnson

    Posted on Thursday, January 16 @ 17:40:00 UTC by admin

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