Brook Trout

Michigan State Fish

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Brook trout

Brook trout;photo by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Brook Trout

Michigan designated the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as the official state fish in 1988. Brook trout can only live in cool, clean water and lives in many of Michigan's lakes, rivers, and streams.

Michigan legislators originally chose "the trout" as the state fish in 1965, but were not specific on which of the four species of trout found in Michigan was the official state fish (the brook trout, the brown trout, the rainbow trout, or the lake trout).

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Images

Brook trout photo © Brian Jorg / CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Brook trout

Brook trout illustration by Robert W. Hines / USFWS Digital Library.

Brook trout illustration

Videos

Brook Trout Spawning-underwater footage-spectacular - Wild Visions, Inc.