Bull Trout

Bull trout are similarly marked as lake trout and have orange-red spots on the sides and yellow spots on the back. The bull trout was once considered to be the same species as Dolly Varden but they have since been classified as two separate species. They once were available across the Northern part of North America and into Canada.

These fish are highly sensitive to their environment and with the introduction of other types of trout not native to the waters that bull trout are in, their numbers have dwindled. They are now only found in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington and are a threatened species. Between the introduction of new fish to the area and industrialization, these highly sensitive fish are dying off.

Added to that is their lifespan of approximately twelve years. They do not spawn until much older and the spawning time takes awhile so repopulation is not a rapid process. Fishing f bull trout is illegal in some areas but in others they are allowed for catch and release only. However, this can be difficult as these fish are easily mistaken for brook trout and lake trout. The main way to tell the difference is that bull trout are always devoid of any black markings. So, if you catch a fish that looks like it is a lake or brook trout but has no black markings, release it back into the water.

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