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Brown Trout

Scientific Name: Brown Trout Salmo trutta

Habitats: Brule River, Cooks Run, Great Lake Huron, Great Lake Michigan, Great Lake Superior, Paint River (above Bates-Ama Road)

Edibility Score:
3.0/5

Toxicity Level: Medium

State Recommended Max Servings Per Month: 1

Brown Trout Salmo trutta

Brown Trout salmon family Salmonidae.

The Browns originally came from Germany but they sure have thrived in the U.P. The U.P. has many waters designated by the State of Michigan as Blue Ribbon Trout Streams for brook and brown trout .

In 1884 they were introduced to the Pere Marquette River a tributary to Lake Michigan. As brown trout were later introduced all over the Great Lakes and the rest of the Northeast, they eventually displaced the more fragile native brook trout in many rivers.

Brown trout are good to eat, but they have a very strong fishy flavor which may not be to everyone’s taste.

Brown trout can be caught by using various baits and lures including earth worms, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, spoons, jigs and spinners.

Brown Trout prefer cold, clear water with plenty of cover, such as rocks and logs, and they often hide in the shadows of overhanging vegetation.

Brown trout spawning season begins in October and goes into December. If possible brown trout will swim up into headwater areas to spawn.

Unlike Pacific salmon, brown trout and brook trout do not die after spawning. Most will spawn multiple years and often near the same place.

Hybrid Trout and variants come from mixing Brown, Book, and Lake trout making Tiger and Splake Trout. Rainbows can split to steelhead trout in the great lakes or live in local rivers as rainbows.

Tiger Trout are the result of the mixing of female brown trout and male brook trout while Splake occur when a female lake trout and a male brown trout pair.

Fishing Season

Season: Trout, Salmon.

WICSONSIN

Early inland trout waters Catch and Release 5 am on the first Saturday in January to the Friday preceding the First Saturday in May at midnight
General Inland Trout Season First Saturday in May from 5:00 AM to October 15.
Trout Salmon Wisconsin Continuous except for the open season for lake trout is December 1 to September 30
Brule River (i.e., "boundary" Brule in Florence & Forest Counties) upstream from US Highway 2 Last Saturday in April to September 30

Outlying waters means Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer's Harbor and the Fox River from its mouth up to the dam at De Pere.

LINK TO WISCONSIN REGULATIONS

MICHIGAN

Brule River (i.e., "boundary" Brule in Florence & Forest Counties) upstream from US Highway 2 Last Sat. in April - Sep. 30

LINK TO MICHIGAN REGULATIONS

WI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Wisconsin Record Brown Trout (Inland).

Weight - 18 lbs. 6 oz. Length 34.3 Inches.

Date - 05/07/1984

Location Lake Geneva Walworth County.

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Wisconsin Record Brown Trout (Outlying).

Weight - 41 lbs. 8 oz. Length 40.6 Inches.

Date - 07/16/2010

Location Lake Michigan Racine County.

Trout, Tiger (Brook x Brown, outlying) 20 lbs. 13 oz. 33.75 08/12/1978 Lake Michigan Sheboygan
Trout, Tiger (Brook x Brown, inland) 2 lb. 1 oz. 16.0 04/09/2018 Private pond Racine

 

Outlying waters means Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Sawyer's Harbor and the Fox River from its mouth up to the dam at De Pere.

Wisconsin Hook and Line Records for Fishing

MI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Michigan Record Brown Trout.

Weight - 41.45 lbs. Length 43.75 Inches.

Date - 2009

Type - Spin-casting Rapala Shad Rap

Location Manistee River Manistee County.

Michigan Hook and Line Records for Fishing
DNR Master Angler Michigan.gov Program and Map

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