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Old 10-29-2010, 10:37 AM
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I have always noticed that when I catch smaller trout they often have “elliptical” spots running the length of their body (rainbows and brooks specifically) I just assumed that the spots go away as the trout gets older or larger. I was wondering if there is an age at which these go away or is it more to do with diet or even time of the year?


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Here are some brooks
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:48 AM
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I'm 90% sure that second rainbow you posted is stocked. It doesn't have the colors of a wild fish. They're called parr marks though, and they go away with age. Kinda like fawns lose their spots.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:13 AM
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I'm 90% sure that second rainbow you posted is stocked. It doesn't have the colors of a wild fish. They're called parr marks though, and they go away with age. Kinda like fawns lose their spots.
I disagree.
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I think they are all wild fish. I can't recall ever seeing a stocked rainbow with white tipped fins. The markings are called parr marks which usually dissappear with age. Some species of trout retain the markings.
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I disagree.
Look at it's fin next to it's gills, there is damage. And it's far too silver. Most wild rainbows I've caught are really pink.
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This is a rainbow that I caught in the park that has very similar characteristics. Based on the location I caught it at, I'm 99.99% positive its a wild fish. I think their colors really depend a lot on their diet, and I don't mean insects v. dog food. But yes, most mature rainbows I've seen don't have much in the way of parr marks.


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Old 10-29-2010, 12:23 PM
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all of those trout were caught last week high in the park...they are for sure all wild
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Look at it's fin next to it's gills, there is damage. And it's far too silver. Most wild rainbows I've caught are really pink.
You need to catch some more rainbows. The park bows can vary from mostly pink to very little pink at all.
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You need to catch some more rainbows. The park bows can vary from mostly pink to very little pink at all.
I've noticed that too and have wondered about it. I've caught them ranging from silverish with little pink, to olive color with vivid pink to somewhere inbetwen and pink on the gill plates. There does seem to be quite a bit of variation.

Wonder what causes that? I don't think it's the watershed as I've caught variations in the same pool.

The browns in the park also seem to have more vivid colors than the other wild browns I've caught out west.

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You need to catch some more rainbows. The park bows can vary from mostly pink to very little pink at all.
Just wanted to make sure that this didn't come off sounding like I was a jerk. the coloration of all park trout, be it rainbow, brown or brook, vary greatly. Like Jeff and Tarheel said, color depends on several factors.
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