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Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

artwork by Wilfred S. Bronson

Oncorhynchus mykiss

Rainbow Trout lives in coldwater streams and lakes, and is native to the western US, Canada and Alaska. It depends on clean gravel areas for spawning. It has been introduced to every watershed, and annual stocking continues in many lakes to augment low natural recruitment. Naturalized populations support major sportfisheries in tributaries of Lake Erie, Ontario and the Finger Lakes. The strain with spawning migrations from the Great Lakes is called Steelhead. Other naturalized stream populations with more localized ranges are found in the eastern Adirondack, Catskill and Allegheny Mountains.

Fish atlas map for Rainbow Trout.