Brook trout

(Salvelinus fontinalis)

Brook trout is originally from Northern America. Brook trout have a large mouth that extends past the eye. Color variations include olive, blue-gray, or black above with a silvery white belly and wormlike markings along the back. They have red spots sometimes surrounded by blueish halos on their sides. The lower fins have a white front edge with black and the remainder being reddish orange. The tail fin is square or rarely slightly forked. During breeding time in the late autumn male brook trout can become very bright orange-red along the sides. Brook trout require cool, clear, spring-fed streams and pools. It takes about 2 to 3 years for them to mature and they usually do not live longer than 6 years.

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