Identifying trouts and salmons can be challenging. Colors vary, depending on sex, age,
and habitat (inland lake or Great Lake). Also, dead fish often show less color than living
fish. You shouldn't rely on color alone to identify a trout or salmon, but this page will
show you some other ways to tell.
|Can you identify
these fish correctly?
On this and the following pages, choose the one of the two options that best describes
the fish. Or select directly from the complete list of fish in each category at the bottom
of each page.
in anal fin usually 9 to 11 (ranging
from 7 to 12) and outer edge of anal fin nearly vertical when stretched
||Rays in anal fin ranging from 13 to 19 and outer edge of anal fin at an
angle when fin is stretched
All trout and salmon IDs on this site: rainbow trout, atlantic
salmon, brown trout, lake trout, brook trout, sockeye salmon,
pink salmon, chinook salmon, coho salmon
Sources: "Fishes of Isle Royale," by K.F. Lagler and C.
R. Goldman, Isle Royale Natural History Association, 1982.
Fishes of Wisconsin, by George C. Becker, University of Wisconsin
Freshwater Fishes of Canada, by W.B. Scott and E.J. Crossman, Fisheries Research
Board of Canada, 1973.