Brook Trout : Great Lakes Aquarium

Brook Trout

Exhibits: Baptism River Isle Royale

Animal Groups: Fish

Latin Name: Savelinus fontinalis

Insects, crustaceans, small fish, amphibians


Prefer cold water streams in rocky areas. Cannot tolerate water above 68 degrees F (20 degrees C) for long periods of time. Thus they are most often found in fast-moving, shaded rivers.

Animal Size: 12 inches (46 cm)

Natural History

Technically a char – not a trout! – this fish is notable for its dark body with light spots and a bright red belly (as a rule of thumb, trout have light bodies with dark spots).