Trout ID Chart

BROOK TROUT

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Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) has red spots with blue halos along its sides. Also, there is a worm-like pattern along the ridge of its back.


BROWN TROUT

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Brown trout (Salmo trutta) has the front edge of its fins white or lighter in color. Also, it has dark spots, few or none on its tail.


RAINBOW TROUT

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Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) has dark spots, especially on its tail, and a pink lateral stripe.


GOLDEN RAINBOW TROUT

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Golden rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) has red deep-yellow or orange coloration. Some have a darker gold stripe..


LAKE TROUT

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Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) has light spots over its entire body. Its tail is deeply forked.