These fish can be difficult to catch, but many anglers have good success during their fall spawning runs. A large dark spotting pattern and reddish dots can help anglers distinguish these fish from rainbows and cutthroats.
Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is a freshwater char living mainly in lakes in northern North America. Other names for it include mackinaw, lake char (or charr), touladi, togue, and grey trout. Lake trout are prized both as game fish and as food fish.
Lake trout are the largest of the charrs', the record weighing almost 46.3 kg (102 lb).
The Bull Trout is a long, slender fish. It's head and jaws are big in proportion to it's body. It is olive-green to blue-grey in color on the back, and turning almost silver on the sides with a white belly. Yellow, orange, or red spots are found on the sides and back.
The pelvic and anal fins will have white leading edges, not followed by black. The belly and lower sides are sometimes orange to red in males during the spawn. The key to correctly identifying the Bull Trout is the absence of black spots on the dorsal fin.
The cutthroat trout is one of Alberta's naturally occurring fish species. Cutthroat derived their name from two orange, red or yellow lines that can be found on the skin on the folds on each side of their lower jaw, two slashes that make it appear like the fish is bleeding. These are beautifully colored fish. The body is a slivery yellow-green with variable spotting that increases towards the tail. Spots can be found on dorsal, adipose, and caudal fins. Red may be found on the side of the head and the belly and a narrow pink streak can be present on the sides.
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