Brown Trout

Exotic from Europe. Olive-brown with yellowish brown sides. Some orange or red spots on the sides.

  • Common Name:

    Brown Trout

  • Scientific Name:

    Salmo Trutta

  • Weight:

    6 ozs - over 22 lbs

  • Size:

    6-36 inches

  • Where to See:

    Brown trout are found in streams and some lakes in the White Mountains


Introduced in Arizona in 1931. Tail fin usually unspotted or vaguely spotted and squared off. Adipose fin usually orange or reddish. They reproduce naturally in streams and are often associated with deep under cut banks and pools choked with woody debris. Capable of withstanding slightly higher temperature than other trout.

Unlike most trout species, these fish are late fall spawners. Their spawning behavior, however, is similar to other trout species. Redds are dug by the females in stream gravels and eggs are buried once fertilized.

More About Brown Trout

They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects and invertebrates. Adult brown trout are voracious and will also eat larger food items such as crayfish and small fish.
This highly esteemed trout may be caught on the same tackle and baits as rainbow trout, but are often more difficult to catch. They are territorial and secretive. The best time to catch large adult brown trout is in fall during spawning and during dawn and dusk periods.
Table quality
The meat has a pink or yellow color and tastes good.

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