Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)


The Brook Trout is widespread, stretching along the Appalachians and across western Canada. This is the only trout native to the southeastern United States, including the Tennessee River Drainage. They live in pools in small, cold streams with fast current. This is one of the few southeastern freshwater fishes that spawns in the fall. Breeding males develop bright red bellies and fins with golden spots on their sides and back.