Re: What's the Deal with Native Brookies
The deal with wild brook trout is the fact that they are only found in very clean cold water. They usually not grow any larger than 16 inches and in small streams, may only attain 10 inches. They are not a long lived fish. On top of that, their spawning habits do not help them against other fish species in the race for survival. They lay about 200 eggs per pound of fish. The eggs are laid in late fall, hatch in early spring and the embryos only have a very short time to start feeding otherwise they die. The eggs and embryos are very much affected by acid rain and other pollutants.
Wild brook trout are very easy to catch. Luckily, the fish do not get as big as many family dogs otherwise, wading and swimming would be dangerous.
Easy to catch and great tasting, need of excellent habitat, not good in competition with other fish species, easy prey to other animals, weak spawning habits .... all of these things and more make the wild brook trout a special treat for most fishermen.