Identification tips for trouts and salmons
- Length:17 to 27 inches
- Weight:3 to 9 pounds
- Coloring:light spots on darker background, light underside
- Common Names: Great Lakes trout, laker, namaycush,togue, grey trout, mountain trout
- Found in Lakes:Michigan, Huron, Ontario, Erie and Superior
Thanks to sea lamprey control and continuous stocking, lake trout now live seven or more years in the lake, thriving on a diet of chubs and sculpins (their traditional prey), smelt and alewives. As a result, the return of this preeminent native, along with the introduction of Pacific salmon, has created a thriving world-class sport fishery in Lake Michigan. Biologists hope that ongoing research and plantings of these fish on historic spawning reefs will yet restore reproducing stocks of lake trout in Lake Michigan and enhance the few surviving stocks in Lake Superior.
Lake trout are long-lived and do not reach sexual maturity until 6-8 years of age. While the average lake trout in Lake Michigan today weighs around seven pounds, some of the larger trophy fish are three feet long and weigh as much as 25 pounds.
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Last updated 05 February 2002 by Seaman