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Lake: Taylor Park Reservoir
Fish: Lake Trout

Fish ID Help Please

Post By: kiva      Posted: 6/17/2022 5:22:23 PM     Points: 205    
Hey Guys..,I caught a few of these at Taylor Reservoir Yesterday. Not 100% sure what it isÖIím thinking Splake?
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 17, 5:42:43 PM     Points: 71360
Add the tail. But I'd say laker
 Reply by: Driftinbugz      Posted: Jun. 17, 7:23:18 PM     Points: 637
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Jun. 17, 7:42:07 PM     Points: 205
Here is another picture
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 17, 7:55:32 PM     Points: 71360
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jun. 17, 8:24:17 PM     Points: 7400
My guess Splake, due to the markings on the back.
 Reply by: JKaboom      Posted: Jun. 17, 8:44:39 PM     Points: 651
Laker based on the tail, the indent or whatever you would call it is too deep.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jun. 18, 7:14:40 AM     Points: 20059
Deep forked tail, laker.
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: Jun. 18, 7:29:25 AM     Points: 29
Laker for sure.
 Reply by: kiva      Posted: Jun. 18, 7:52:21 AM     Points: 205
Thanks guys! Sounds like they were lake trout based on the tail.
 Reply by: johnski      Posted: Jun. 18, 11:12:24 AM     Points: 5645
Laker to me.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jun. 18, 3:17:11 PM     Points: 7400
Fishseal, can you help with this one? Some splake also have the deep forked tail as seen in some of the splake pictures on line.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jun. 18, 3:24:56 PM     Points: 20059
I also donít believe Taylor has ever been stocked with Splake.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jun. 20, 9:27:05 AM     Points: 767
Yup - laker
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 20, 12:53:26 PM     Points: 71360
ok ok I'll try to help one more time in the form of a multiple choice

It's either
A) Mackinaw
B) Lake Trout
C) Laker
D) NOT a splake
E) All the above

Not Too Old - I think there are plenty of people that mis-identify fish on line. I know I certainly have many times and often still do. Whenever I catch a juvenile brown I almost always think it's a brookie. On this though.. am pretty confident
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Jun. 20, 7:53:05 PM     Points: 75797
100% lake trout. Nice spots on that guy.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jun. 21, 5:24:09 PM     Points: 7400
I stand corrected, upon further review it's a laker. The markings on the back known as ' vermiculations' are typical for both species, (brook and Laker).
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Jun. 22, 10:50:09 AM     Points: 3022
JIm and not too old.... I immediately thought splake, but I think that's mostly because I still have yet to catch either one of these fish here in CO. I also recently mistook a bull trout for either one of those two species. The markings on the back always throw me off, but didn't realize those markings were native to both brookies AND lakers. So thank you for that clarification.

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