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Lake: Brainard Lake - IPWA

Confused on fish species!

Post By: MooseDancer      Posted: 7/5/2017 12:45:44 AM     Points: 639    
In went up fly-fishing tonight at Brainard Lake. I've fished this lake for nearly 60 years. I also fish Brainard Lake around 50 times every year from mid June to mid October. I've caught thousands of fish at Brainard Lake and always caught Brook a few Cutbow and every now and than a Cutthroat. This fish is nothing that I've ever caught in Colorado! All I know it's NOT a Trout but some species of Char about 14 inches long! Hummmm maybe a Arctic Char?

 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/5/2017 6:23:51 AM     Points: 12370    
Looks like a Brook trout with no color to me.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 7/5/2017 7:07:46 AM     Points: 3347    
 Reply by: wickedfisha      Posted: 7/5/2017 9:07:52 AM     Points: 1485    
Super bland brookie is my guess.
 Reply by: MALLEN      Posted: 7/5/2017 7:47:07 PM     Points: 44    
Char maybe, as Brook trouit are a Char, there are also Splake in that area..
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 7/5/2017 8:38:50 PM     Points: 232    
Google Images: Arctic Char and Blueback Trout(which is a subspecies of Arctic Char)Google search: how do you catch a blueback trout? They always seem to elude me.Should come up as first forum post.Your guess is as good as mine?
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 7/5/2017 10:17:54 PM     Points: 2329    
I would say a brook trout as well. Blueback trout are a subspecies of char that reproduce naturally, and are found in the Northeast. I doubt they are this far west.
 Reply by: cmcnaught92      Posted: 7/6/2017 8:33:17 AM     Points: 68    
Yeah, looks like a brook trout with a unique coloration. It happens sometimes.
 Reply by: MooseDancer      Posted: 7/8/2017 1:25:43 AM     Points: 639    
Thanks for all the comments about this confusing fish! I've been in contact with Ben Swigle the fisheries biologist for this area. He did say there has been reports of "strange" looking Brook Trout coming from Brainard and Long Lakes. I was thinking maybe a hybrid, but Paul Winkle also fisheries biologist for CPW, checked the stocking report as far back as they kept records. He said "There has been no Char species ever stocked in Brainard or Long Lakes" This "should" rule out a hybrid. More likely this could be a genetics mutation that is accruing naturally from Brainard Lake up stream on the South St. Vrain. Hope to find out soon!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 7/8/2017 4:50:02 AM     Points: 12370    
Though commonly called a trout, the brook trout is thus actually one of the chars, which in North America also include the lake trout, bull trout, Dolly Varden, and the Arctic char.
 Reply by: NateDawg13      Posted: 8/1/2017 11:26:24 PM     Points: 0    
Hi Moose Dancer. I am headed up to Brainard Lake this weekend and was wondering if you could share some tips on the best set up. I've heard just fries are good but wanted to see if I could pick your brain since it sounds like you fish there's often. Anything helps! Thank you!
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 8/2/2017 10:14:35 AM     Points: 2626    
I've caught a number of brookies up there with similar coloring, throught the years'
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 8/2/2017 12:11:42 PM     Points: 11611    
Fries work great😁🤣
 Reply by: NateDawg13      Posted: 8/2/2017 2:06:44 PM     Points: 0    
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 8/2/2017 2:49:07 PM     Points: 2495    
Woulda had me stumped too...
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 8/2/2017 3:09:39 PM     Points: 11611    
Sorry had to 😜🎏🐟🐟

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