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Stream Trout in lakes?

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I iced a beautiful 13 3/4 inch brookie today out of a local pit and was wondering if stream trout will spawn in lakes/pits? This was the first brookie I've caught out of this pit in 10-11 years. It was a beautiful fish and had no clipped or damaged fins. So was it a stocked fish that didn't get clipped or was this one spawned in this lake?
I've always been under the assumption that stream trout need moving water to spawn, does an underground spring provide what they need if they're in a lake/pit?

Brian

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bmc, to the best of my knowledge there is no reproduction in these pits nor in many natural lakes. Current is a factor but so is water acidity.

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Actually, if the fish can find a underwater spring they lay their eggs on top of the spring and the moving water provides the oxygen the eggs need to grow.

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Brook Trout are the only trout that can reproduce in a lake, but there are alot of things that have to be just right in order for them to do so.

The reason the fins weren't cliped is because there is no natural reproducing trout in that pit you fished. They clip the fins in order to tell the difference from a wild trout and a stocked trout.
If the fins are not damaged from rubing against the bottom of a holding tank then that's a sure sign that the trout has been the lake for a while.

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I hate to butt in on this one but being from northern Wisconsin I need to clarify the trout spawning issue because lake trout spawn on the sandy shores of lake superior.
and I think brown trout may occasionally spawn in some lakes,but really depends on the water Quality or if the lake is a cold spring fed and if there are any old cabins still "dumping" septics into them. but for the most part trout do like to spawn in moving water.
Just my .02

Jar Jar

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I do belive bmc question was do/can Stream Trout spawn in lakes.

Browns and other trout can spawn in lakes but the eggs don't develop do to lack of flowing water.

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Oh yeah, I failed to mention that when I cleaned this fish, there were 3 leopard frogs in it's gut. They were all about a 1 1/2" long. I was shocked. I can only assume that there's not a lot of feed in this pit, so they're rooting around on the bottom seeing what they can munch on. I do have pics for any non-believers. grin.gif

Brian

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Leopard frogs in it gut. In the middle of winter? I've never heard of that before.

I have caught 16 inch brookies in pits that have had about 20 small snails in its guts.

Just goes to show that trout will eat just about anything they can get their mouths around.

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Two weeks ago we got 3 lakers on Lake Superior and they had ,what looked like, helgrimites in there stomachs and smelt. I guess they will eat anything this time of year.
I also see in the late spring the lakers we get on the surface lines will have alot of black flies in there also meaning they are feeding on the surface.


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