The brook trout live in small streams,creeks,lakes, and spring ponds. It is part of the salmon family. The brook trout prefers clear waters. It eats crustaceans, frogs, and other amphibians, insects, molluscs, smaller fish and even small aquatic mammals such as voles, worms, and flies. A brook trout's life span is between and five years in the wild.
The average lenght is 10-12 inches but Brook Trout can be caught measuring up to 21 inches and weighing 4-6 pounds. The largest Brook trout on record was 14.5 pounds and caught in 1916 in the Nipigon River in Ontario. Breeding males develop a hook at the front of the lower jaw. Typing coloring is olive-green to dark
brown on the back with silvery sides and pale spotting. All colors intensify at spawning time.
Slow-growing compared to most other trout and char, brook trout tend to overpopulate threir haabitat and become stunted. Surprisingly, the fastest growth occurs in the northern part of their range. In most populations, males grow slighty faster than females, but do not live as long. Maximum age is approximately 15 years.
World Record: 14 pounds, 8 ounces, caught in the Nipigon River, Ontario, in 1916.
Eating Habits: The brook trout's diet is extremely varied, depending on what is available. Some of the food items found in brook trout stomachs include tiny larval insects, small fish, field mice and even snakes.