Ruakituri River brown trout.

About New Zealand brown trout

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Brown trout were imported from Europe in 1867 and is still considered an exotic fish by some. To spot a brown trout, look for a pale olive-brown, elongate trout with large, dark spots. Some orange or red spots can be found on the sides, and spots are often encircled with light yellow or white colouration.

Most have some dark spots on back and sides. Also, the tail fin usually unspotted or vaguely spotted while the adipose fin is usually orange or reddish. The size of the brown trout spans from 6 to 29 inches long and weigh from 6 ounces to over 16 pounds!

The brown trout is native to Europe and western Asia, but after it was introduced into lakes and streams in New Zealand it has become one of the most widespread fishes of the trout and salmon family. The brown trout can live in higher water temperatures than the other trouts. But it is also difficult to catch and is not as tasty as some of the other trouts.

Brown trout feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects and fish. Adult brown trout are voracious and eat larger food items such as crayfish and small fish, especially other little trout.


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