NAME: Speckled Trout
OTHER NAME(S): this trout is called a number of other names, such as coasters, char etc, but the most common is Brook Trout. It is of the salmon family
DISTINCT IDENTIFICATION MARKS: This trout will change colour depending on the water it is in. In freshwater they can appear dark brown to green, with some black on the back and sides of the fish. Red spots surrounded by blue is over the fish along with other light spots. During spawning season though the male’s belly can become a deep orange-red colour.
SIZE: The size of a speckled trout depends on the body of water they live in. On average though a speckled trout, after their first year measure around 5-10cm (2-4 inches). After 3 years, a speckled trout found in a small body of water may only reach 15cms (6 inches), while in a large body of water could reach 25-30cm(10-12 inches)
MALE OR FEMALE: The head of a female speckled trout is shorter and more round. The male, being opposite also has a more predominate lower jaw.
WATER PREFERENCE: like other trout, these prefer cooler water around 11-15 degrees Celsius. During the winter they are found among the rocks along the bottom of a stream or lake.
PLACE OF ORIGIN: Along the east coat of North America, and as far west as the Hudson Bay
INITIAL ARRIVAL TO NOVA SCOTIA: (Check: “Place of Origin”)
WORLD RECORD: The largest so far on record was caught in 1915 in Ontario. It was 86 cm (34 inches) long and weighed 6.6kg (14.5 pounds)
BEST TIME TO FISH FOR: Anytime of the day. But especially during the early morning and evening when they are most active.
BEST LURES/BAIT TO USE: Ofcourse you can’t beat the traditional night crawler. If the fish are biting you will always have success with this.
Other things that can work are Powerbait or other dough baits that you can fit on your hook. Many also would highly recommend soft lures, minnows and spinners (preferably gold or silver ones) such as the Matzuo Shockwave Spinner.
TASTE: Speckled trout has a very nice taste to it and is preferred by many. There are many great recipes online that will help you in preparing this fish.
SEASON FOR FISHING TROUT: Many trout anglers prefer fishing in the Spring or early summer as fish are closer to the service. Once the water warms, the fish move further to the bottom of a lake to find cooler water.