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All About Trout Fish
There are several different species of trout around the world. Choose the trout species below that you would like more information on. We have accumulated a lot of information about almost every type of trout species including several kinds of salmon. Using the images below, you should have no trouble identifying the different types of fish in this family.
Brook trout are probably the most beautiful of all trout species. They are native to the North Eastern US and much of Canada. Brookies are also a member of the char family closely related to the Lake trout.
Arctic grayling are native to cold drainage’s of the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. They can be found in abundance in Siberia, Canada and Alaska. They are also in some areas of MT in limited numbers. The arctic grayling is not actually a trout species, but since they live in many areas that are abundant with trout and are considered a game fish, we’ve included them in this list.
The Dolly Varden trout is actually a char. It is closely related to the brook trout. These fish are native to the pacific ocean and its tributaries. Dolly Varden trout are a major species for anglers to catch in coastal Alaska.
Taimen are a large member of the trout family. Most closely related to salmon. They are found in Eurasia, Mongolia and Russia. If you want to experience the ultimate dry fly fishing thrill, you should look closer at this species.
Mountain whitefish are most closely related to the Arctic Grayling (above). They are found in many areas in the Northwest where you might find various trout species. They inhabit clean rivers and lakes.
Splake trout are a hybrid between the brook trout and the lake trout. They are faster growing than either species and are a great game fish.
Most of the species of trout you see on this page are found in the US, Canada and several of these trout species were originally found only in European countries, but have since been planted in the US. It is very possibly to find several of these types of trout species located well outside of their original home range from stocking efforts by private individuals and government agencies.
Trout Species FAQ
How do you identify different species of trout?
The most distinguishing feature for many trout species is the overall color of the skin and shape of the fish.
Rainbow Trout is labeled a “best choice” by the EPA and FDA due to its sustainable, low mercury make up. This colorful patterned fish is a member of the salmon family and is one of the healthiest fishes you can include in your diet.
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