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Common Fish Species of Northwestern Ontario

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BIRDS

REPTILES

INSECTS

   
Salvelius fortinalis
Brook Trout
"Speckled Trout"

Brook Trout

Description

Distinguishing Features - Darker green back fading to light belly with a characteristic red speckles on sides; tail is square with rounded tip.

Size - Average Weight - .5 - 1 kg (1 - 2 lb) but catches of over 2.5 kg (5 lb) have been reported. A record fish weighing 6.6 kg (14.5 lb) was caught in the Nipigon River in 1916.

Habitat

Found in cool, clear lakes and streams throughout NW Ontario. Spawning occurs in late autumn in gravel beds of streams or in small spring-fed brooks.

Notes

Brook trout are the best known of the local trout species as a popular catch of fly-fishing enthusiasts.


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