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Old 06-05-2015, 11:01 PM
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I'm having trouble identifying these trout I've been catching. They seem to be too dark for a brown trout and too brown for a Brook trout. Not sure if this is in the right forum but please help
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those would be German brown trout
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They are brown trout, handle them carefully
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If the overall color is light with dark spots, it's a brown. If the overall color is dark with light spots, it's a brook. Plus, brook trout have a little white on edge of their fins.
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Vermiculations (worm like markings) on the back will identify it as a brook trout (Now lake trout also sometimes have vermiculations) they are also a char.
Plus, look for yellow spots on the side, brown or rainbows will not have them..

Chars have light spots on dark back ground, rainbows and browns, cutthroats, etc will have dark spots on a lighter background.

The white edge on the pectoral, ventral and anal fins and sometimes on the lower lobe of the caudal fin are always on brook trout to some extent, but sometimes occur on brown trout in specific locals somewhat like a sub species or strain.

Intensity of coloration can be the result on how much light reaches the stream bottom where the fish old, whether that particular fish spends most of his time in shade vs lit area, diet, heredity and bottom color.

Hatchery runs are often light to make it easier to spot the fish, to judge how much sediment is in the tank, etc. and this results in lighter colored fish.

Of course, this results in a higher mortality from predators when the fish are stocked.

Hell, if I ran a hatcher y, I'd paint a simulated stream bottom on the runs. Good projecte for a local art class.
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Even among brook trout, like Wolfglen says, there's a lot of variation depending on the environment.

All brook trout from the same stretch of river.

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I don't recall seeing a blacker one than the last one.
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