Brown Trout

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Brown Trout


Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) is a lake and stream species of the salmon family that usually migrates from lakes into rivers to spawn and can thrive in warmer waters than most trout. This prized gamefish is usually olive-brown in color with tan yellow sides and brown, black and red-orange spots. It is a medium-sized fish, growing to 20 kg (44 lb) or more and a length of about 100 cm (39 in), although usually a mature weight of 1-5 kg (2-10 lb) or less is common. Brown Trout feed predominantly on small fish.

Average weight (lb.) 4.40
(kg.) 2.00
Maximum weight (lb.) ≈ 11.00
(kg.) ≈ 5.00


Recommended fishing methods and tackle

Brown Trout are less plentiful and tougher to catch than their cousins the Rainbow Trout. Many of the same techniques that work for Rainbows will work for Browns. They often live in the same places and eat the same things, however bigger Browns tend to predate more on fish.

When looking for them, try to fish near or behind rocks and other structure. The fish hide close to these, in deep water, and pounce on things that float by.

A light action spinning rod will handle most Browns. Like most trout, they have good eyesight so use the lightest line you can get away with. Fluorocarbon lines are first option, closely followed by monofilament lines. Brown Trout will eat spinners and spoons, but the big ones are often caught with jigheads and shads or big worms.