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Fish Identification

Brook trout

Brook trout have a greenish to grey back, with silver to reddish-orange sides and belly. They have red spots, and pale wavy markings and spots along the back and sides. The lower fins all have white forward margins followed by a distinct black stripe. They differ from other trout in having pale markings on a darker background.

Scientific Name:  Salvelinus fontinalis

Adult size: 5-28 inches (few will be above 10 inches in Georgia)

Distribution: Found in the Tennessee, Coosa, Chattahoochee, and Savannah River basins. Natural brook trout populations only exist where rainbow and brown trout do not exist.

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