Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
Description: Non-native. Introduced in 1903. Gray
to olive-green on the back. Vermiculations or worm-like markings on
the back and dorsal fin. Sides lighter in color with blue halos around
pink or red spots. White edge on lower fins and lower tail. Length:
4 to 21 inches. Weight: 3 ounces to over 4 pounds. Location and Habitat:
Brook trout are found in colder streams and lakes in the White Mountains.
They reproduce in streams but are most often found in lakes stocked
by the Department. Like brown trout, brook trout are fall spawners and
are easily caught near the shore during fall spawning runs. Food: They
feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects. Larger brook trout will eat
small fish if they are available. Angling: They are easy to catch, especially
in the early spring or late fall when cold water temperatures keep the
fish very active. They are caught on wet flies, small spinning lures
and worms. Table Quality: The brook trout has a delicious flavor, with
white, flaky meat.