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Fish: Splake

Splake id?

Post By: zach6      Posted: 4/30/2017 1:14:23 AM     Points: 65    
Slightly forked tail makes me think splake. Can anyone confirm?

 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 4/30/2017 6:42:59 AM     Points: 26940
Wouldn't call mine "positive Id ". But based on the overall look. And like you said slight fork in the tail, I too would be thinking Splake.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 4/30/2017 8:46:55 AM     Points: 2817
I agree with Smelly...mouth formation, body spots and tail are all indicative of a splake. If you caught it where I think you did, (from the background), there are a lot of them in that body of water. Nice fish!
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 4/30/2017 8:48:26 AM     Points: 80312
This may help or just fuel the confusion.
 Reply by: Steelhead      Posted: 4/30/2017 9:51:31 AM     Points: 698
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 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 4/30/2017 10:13:17 AM     Points: 8440
Difficult call, I looked on line at a lot of brook trout pictures and some do have a slight indent in the tail but all of them. I would check with the CPW web site and see if splake were stocked the place where you caught them.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/30/2017 11:22:35 AM     Points: 3831
Both look kind of brook trout like to me, but since it's technically a member of the splake family, either guess is technically right
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/30/2017 12:01:07 PM     Points: 71661
I'm thinking brooklie also
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 4/30/2017 12:12:34 PM     Points: 37332
I'd guess brookie as well, and a healthy one at that.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 4/30/2017 12:20:01 PM     Points: 26940
Mr Toadfish.

Just an FYI . A Splake is a Frankenstein Fish. It is a hatchery cross between a Brook Trout and a Lake Trout. And both those "Trout " are actually members of the Char family. And that tail still says Splake to me.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 4/30/2017 5:46:28 PM     Points: 2133
Definitely a Brookie solace in a clear lake are a lot lighter and the markings pop in them. One way to tell for sure see if splake have been stocked in the lake you where fishing. Not as many out there anymore.
 Reply by: jman      Posted: 4/30/2017 5:58:41 PM     Points: 2247
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/30/2017 7:25:05 PM     Points: 3831
Splake, char, all the same. Thanks for the clarification though, I knew they were all part of some family and not a true trout...
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 5/1/2017 2:22:39 PM     Points: 3316
Good afternoon all. Smelly requested that I drop in and give my two cents.

So, after some previous research this is what I have determined.
The first picture is that of a Brook Trout, Salvelinus fontinalis. The biggest hint is the blue halo that encircles the red spot. In addition, there appears what would be a black stripe under the jaw.

The second picture is unknown, except that it is a Salvelinus sp.

If the OP would like to know for sure, then they need to investigate the stockings for that specific body of water.
From what I understand, splake have not often been introduced into bodies of water with brookies in Colorado. Therefore, you should find one or the other present.

So... also to straighten out some misinformation... charr, salmon, whitefish, ciscoes, and trout, are all trout. They are in the same family of Salmonidae, in the order Salmoniformes. They are different genera, but in the same family.
In addition, splake do naturally occur. However, intentional crossing is often performed for management strategies.

I hope this helps.

 Reply by: heryantoch      Posted: 5/1/2017 3:18:30 PM     Points: 2556
Definitely a fish!
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 5/1/2017 4:00:52 PM     Points: 3831
Wow, thanks FS! I appreciate both the information and the education! It helps me give better info and for my own personal use! YOU DA MAN! I'm looking forward to your update on AWBs post this evening about the bass.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 5/1/2017 8:30:15 PM     Points: 2150

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