Re: NANFA-- What Brown Trout Eat

Jay DeLong (
Sun, 03 Jun 2001 08:00:36 -0700


>Food habits of brown trout vary .....
>Larger fish seek larger food items and are often dominantly
>piscivorous. In a Virginia stream, brown trout larger than 280 mm TL
>exhibited the shift to fishes, taking a variety of species .... We found a
>500-mm TL brown trout that had suffocated by engulfing a 330-mm
>brown. the head of the latter extended into the stomach and the anterior
>body filled the gill cavity of its captor....

A few years ago an angler in a reservoir on the Skagit River caught a huge
salmonid that he couldn't identify. He thought it must be a lake trout but
it turned out to be a brown trout-- huge and fat from its diet probably of
juvenile salmon.

A couple summers ago I was fishing with some NANFA folks in a cental Oregon
stream. We caught rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. I recall thinking
"What are those brown trout doing here?" Thank you, Oregon Dept of Fish
and Wildlife! Geez, in the heart of native trout land they stocked brown
trout! We have Eastern brook trout here also, generally where they've been
stocked in mountain lakes and some streams.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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