Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)


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