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Brook trout varieties (same day and place)

Post By: eholm      Posted: 10/3/2022 4:40:05 PM     Points: 3036    
If you google any trout or char species, its amazing to see the variety of colors. Those can be especially drastic between different bodies of water and regions. But I'm also always amazed to see the differences within a single body of water.

Here are some pics highlighting varieties within one body of water that I caught on a single day. Some are in spawning colors, some are juvenile and some are mature. A couple of them are showing traits of their cousins the arctic char and lake trout, but I'm pretty sure they're all pure brookies.

1- the colors made me think splake, but the tail is pretty square, and there are not spake or lakers in this water. The fins were mostly white with just a small shade of orange.

2 - spawn colors - caught a lot looking like this.

3 - So much more green than the others I caught. Side by side they look like different subspecies.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: 10/3/2022 4:41:50 PM     Points: 3036
4 - juvie

5 - pretty typical of most of the ones I caught

6 - extra orange spawning color
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: 10/3/2022 4:46:35 PM     Points: 3036
7 - a colorful tween-ager

8 - another one colored more like a splake

9 - a beauty I caught in a DIFFERENT lake a couple days earlier
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 10/4/2022 10:25:26 AM     Points: 20559
I would say 3 or 4 of those fish are little Splake. Still cool colors and fish.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 10/4/2022 10:38:26 AM     Points: 1004
I agree with SGM. Number 8 is 100 percent a Splake IMO. Great pics!
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: 10/4/2022 3:28:42 PM     Points: 3036
SGM and Troutbisquits - Thanks. I'm gonna post about this in the FXR+ forum with location details so we can discuss this further.... whether splake somehow got in there, or if this is a case of unusual traits being displayed by brookies.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 10/4/2022 4:49:59 PM     Points: 20559
Ok, sounds good.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 10/4/2022 5:04:54 PM     Points: 2868
I'm usually wrong on these, but looks like various fall plumage and ages of Brook Trout to me. Not seeing Splake. These are tricky.
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