Brown Trout


Other Common Names:

German brown, loch leven brown, von Behr trout


Scientific Name:

Salmo trutta



Feeds on insects, worms, crayfish, and fish



Prefers cold, spring-fed brooks and streams



Average length is 12 inches inland to 19-21 inches in the Great Lakes



Brownish in color, shading to green and yellow; large dark spots on sides surrounded by a yellow "halo"; fingerlings stocked into streams, weights over 3 pounds are trophy sized


Photo courtesy of

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History


Text courtesy of

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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