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Fish ID Help (Splake?)

Post By: Sammy-92977      Posted: 7/31/2016 5:34:14 PM     Points: 0    
Hey so I was fishing in a stream north of Vail, CO known as the Piney River. There are tons of Brook Trout and the occasional Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brown. I heard that years and years ago there were Lake Trout stocked in the lake just downstream(Piney Lake). I caught this fish and still am not quite sure what it is because of how different it is from the others. The first two pictures are of the fish I believe to maybe be a Splake the third is a brook trout from the same stream for comparison. I have more pictures of the fish as well if you think it may help. Advice?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 7/31/2016 7:52:20 PM     Points: 37332
My vote is that all 3 pics are of a Brookie.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 7/31/2016 9:14:10 PM     Points: 542
They all have square tails, so brook trout.
 Reply by: ronco      Posted: 8/1/2016 7:06:23 AM     Points: 108
I believe pic 1 and 2 are female Brook Trout and pic 3 is a Male Brook Trout.
 Reply by: MooseDancer      Posted: 8/1/2016 11:03:45 AM     Points: 641
It would be very rare that brook and lake trout would naturally spawn in nature, but it has happen. From your photos it's hard to determine if the first two photo's are brook or splake. Generally splake have a forked tail unlike the "squared" tail of a brook. But that fork can vary from a very slight fork to a deep fork as lake trout. Also some splake look more "brook like" and others may look more "lake trout" with other a combination of the two. I do a lot of fishing for brook trout and now some of the lakes I fish the state has stocked splake. Also as said above, female brook trout can look much different than males. I tried to post both photos of the last female and last male brook trout I caught just a few days ago so you could see the difference. But they said it was to large, so I'll just post the female brook trout photo.
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