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Lake: Turquoise Lake
Fish: Splake

Splake?

Post By: Pappy4      Posted: 1/30/2018 12:33:31 PM     Points: 0    
Not 100% but pretty sure I caught a small splake yesterday at Turquoise. Talked to game warden and he has no doubt there in there but hasnít heard of any being caught. Wasnít a brook, and was strange looking to be a Mack. Definite forked tail, gold colored, and pretty spots. Bummed I didnít take picture.
 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: 2/1/2018 12:01:11 PM     Points: 4241    
I thought I caught one up there too. I fished it MLK weekend. I messed up and didn't get a picture of the tail, but it sure looked like a splake to me. Without a picture of the tail its almost impossible to say for sure but he looked different than any of the lake trout I pulled out that day and I caught him in about 20 feet of water on a tiny little jig.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 2/1/2018 4:05:14 PM     Points: 2088    
^ brook trout. You guys have to ask yourself the ? Why would they stock a expensive hybrid in a lake all ready full of the parent fish. Then again we kinda need to ask our selves some more ?
 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: 2/1/2018 6:32:59 PM     Points: 4241    
That was no brook trout. If anything it was an oddly colored lake trout. The tail was all laker which is what made me think splake due to the coloring. I messed up when I didnít get a pic of the tail but I was moving fast to get him back in the water.
 Reply by: Salmon Slayer      Posted: 2/1/2018 6:44:22 PM     Points: 1558    
Looks like the splake I caught three years ago in Monument Lake. My first and only so far.
 Reply by: randog      Posted: 2/2/2018 12:30:32 PM     Points: 1649    
Going with splake . Due to the pointy head
 Reply by: Lone Shark      Posted: 2/2/2018 8:13:15 PM     Points: 854    
looks like a baby laker too me
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 2/2/2018 8:45:40 PM     Points: 63327    
Ahhh the great Splake debate.....
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 2/2/2018 8:51:31 PM     Points: 3357    
To much color for a lake trout
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 2/2/2018 10:02:10 PM     Points: 38196    
 Reply by: Bwallace10327      Posted: 2/3/2018 8:24:34 AM     Points: 204    
That is no brook trout. I am leaning toward little lake trout. Splake don't HAVE to be stocked... that can happen naturally. That is unlikely, but the 2 wild tiger trout I've caught were very unlikely as well.

I have caught a few splake in my life, 1 at Antero in 2011 and 3 at a high-like which splake were stocked to reduce the population of tiny brookies. They each had more brook trout color. In the provided photo, the red/oragne hue on the back half of the fish may or may not be reflection from the red vest.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 2/3/2018 8:54:20 AM     Points: 11381    
I'm no fish physiologist but brookies should have white margins on their pectoral and pelvic fins and the fish in the pic does not. CL
 Reply by: Lone Shark      Posted: 2/3/2018 9:27:41 PM     Points: 854    
riper69 I've caught small lakers the same day same spot where some were drab and some had full rich colors...
Just my opinion for as little as it's worth
 Reply by: Lone Shark      Posted: 2/3/2018 9:31:05 PM     Points: 854    
Brookies nor splake are in the surveys. Has anyone caught Brookies here?
 Reply by: MAC ATTACK      Posted: 2/5/2018 2:18:32 PM     Points: 32593    
Pappy,

It's a laker.

You answered it yourself when you said it had a forked tail.

Lakers have forked tails, Splake do not.

Some lakers also have fins the same colors as brookies. Why the difference in fin color I don't know.

Here are three variations.

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