Brook Trout or, Brown Trout? - Help with identification.

Discussion in 'North West Michigan Streams and Rivers' started by PunyTrout, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. PunyTrout

    PunyTrout Staff Member Mod

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    If you were to go by the information provided above, how would you answer your question? Do Cutthroats have dark spots on a light background or light spots on a dark background?

    They have dark spots on a light background. Therefore they are trout, not Char. Cutthroats are closely related to Rainbow Trout not, Brookies to answer your question.
     
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  2. taxi

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    Very true. However there are brook trout out west in cutthroat habitat. They are considered in invasive species.
     

  3. Ol'M35Yooper

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    Sorry for my late reading and response to the OP - I'm a newbie here. Just wanted to add... that there is a non-native char in Michigan (sorry if missed it in the tread): the Splake - a Brook Trout/Lake Trout hybrid. I was catching them periodically over a couple of seasons about... oh, 15-20 years ago in some of the UP streams that feed to L Michigan (including a 17 incher!). Rumor was the DNR was experimenting with them, planting in the lake but they we're migrating to inland rivers. Not sure if that's true. Anyway, they look VERY similar to a Brook - only slightly paler, but the tell-tale - or should I say "tell-tail" give away is the forked tail of the Lake Trout. They were interesting to catch, but I have to say that I was really disappointed that that 17 incher was not a Brookie. :(
     
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  4. Martin Looker

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    There are several places in the UP where you can catch brookies that are over 18 inches if you put in the years to find them.
     
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    I would add that such places exist in the LP as well if you’re willing to bushwhack and take a very stealthy approach. I’ve caught bigger fish downstate than up recently and I’ve fished deep in the woods in both the upper and lower. I think the land and water has healed a little from years past.
     
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    Stealth is key, easiest way to be stealthy is fish at night.
     
  7. Martin Looker

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    Not when I am stumbling around in the dark woods.
     
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    ;) Not your just normal joe he is a professional...huh?
     
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