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Old 06-08-2010, 05:58 AM
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Can anyone confirm the species of this fish? I originally thought it was some kind of color washed out trout but after looking around nothing seems to be really matching up so I'm not sure. I caught one and hooked another while fishing for shad down on Deer Creek in Maryland. Thanks for any help.

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Looks like a washed out trout to me, or an extremely larger dace
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Trout yes, species..............General morphology is that of rainbow; could be hybridized or just genetic malady causing lack of coloration. The only picture giving a fair view of the back shows more rounded black spots than elongated which would point to brook trout. The fish is an example of a hatchery reared trout and given enough time in a wild habitat these often mature and take on more natural coloration relative to the species.

Given the fact that the pictures are all we have my guess is rainbow sub adult. When you find another with poor coloration try to focus on the back and the fins where some color and tell tail markings are present.

PS. Remember I am not a fisheries biologist and this was a sort of pop quiz
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I go along with Ard's answer, stocker rainbow...

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Yup, I agree with Ard and Dan. Here's a link to a MD DNR page, note that the coloration of the same strain of rainbow from different hatcheries can be very different and the red lateral stripe characteristic of rainbows tends to be faint in MD 'bows.

Maryland DNR - Fisheries Service - Fish Facts: Rainbow Trout
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Default Re: Fish ID needed.....

I too originally thought it was a really faded Rainbow but when I showed a friend yesterday he said it looked like it had some brook trout in it. The river is stocked with Rainbows a few miles up river so that makes sense. Thanks guys.
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Brook Trout are actually "Char" rather than "Trout" (along with Lake Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char and others) Like all char they have light spots on a dark background, so they should be easy to recognize. You may run into some beautiful brightly colored wild ones especially if you fish the upper reaches of mountain streams.

Rainbows and Browns will have dark spots on a lighter background.

Here's a chart from PA's Fish and Game that might help you ID some more of the critters you'll be catching soon. Pennsylvania and WV also stock (or used to stock) a hatchery Franken-Fish "Golden Rainbow" color morph of the rainbow that you may run into in PA or WV, but they usually don't last too long in the wild after stocking since they are very vulnerable to predators.

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Th coloring looks faded, possibly Tiger trout?
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Default Re: Fish ID needed.....

Well this turned out to be an interesting thread; remember that word hybrid when looking at a trout that does not seem to have any dominant coloration. When this occurs one of the most fool proof ways to identify the fish is to count the rays in the dorsal and caudal fins. When the back can be examined remember that the spots on almost all trout are essentially round where the brook trout, [Salvelinus fontinalis] or more accurately the Char have more elongated markings often referred to as a "wormiated" pattern of spots. I was looking at the shape of the head, the upper and lower mandibles in particular. That is what brought out my initial rainbow answer.

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Brook, rainbow..... it still looks delicious.
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