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Brook Trout: New York’s State Fish and Much More

Here are some great facts about native brook trout, a gamefish revered by anglers and naturalists alike.

Being named one state’s fish is not the only awesome fact behind one of our favorite gamefish. The brook trout is not only a cunning foe of anglers it’s an excellent indicator of stream health. These beautiful native fish will feed on a variety of aquatic insects and even unlucky terrestrials that get too close.

According to NYS Parks and Nature Times the brook trout is more closely related to the Arctic char than trout. Even at that these stunning fish are one of nature’s most amazing works of art.

NYS Parks Nature and Times
NYS Parks Nature and Times

Try a few more brookie facts on for size: they are one of the most uniquely colored fish in North America.

These ‘trout’ have a dark green and yellow pattern down their backs, which changes into green on its sides with yellow and red spots surrounded by amazing blue halos! Their bellies range in color from white to a bright orange, depending on the food they eat and the time of year.

Brook trout spawn in the fall, just like browns and salmon. Brookies are native from Maine all the way to Georgia. They need exceptionally clean and oxygenated water to thrive in and are an excellent indicator of water quality.

Unfortunately they don’t co-exist well with non-native brown trout. Brook trout streams that are introduced with browns usually show decreased populations of ‘specks’ Veteran anglers will try mayfly, caddisfly, stonefly, and scud imitations depending on the season.

Most good populations of these fantastic fish can be found in the higher elevations of Adirondack Park so taking this great gamefish off of your bucket list will be some work!

Oh, and don’t forget the fact that they are generally one of the toughest fish to fool, amen.

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Brook Trout: New York’s State Fish and Much More