Other fish in North America which are called trout are either members of the salmon family (Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout and Rainbow Trout) or members of the Char family (Brook, Bull and Lake Trout.)
Nevertheless, they all have many things in common. They are freshwater fishes, though may spend a portion of their lives in salt water. They spawn in smaller creeks and streams. Some species such as Rainbow and Cutthroat lay their eggs in the spring; others such as Brown, Bull, Lake, and Brook Trout lay eggs in the fall. For safety, young Trout stick to shallow waters where larger fish can’t come to eat them.
Trout will eat whatever comes their way, including fish that are smaller than them, though they prefer insects.
Trout are very popular with fishermen, because they put up a fight when caught. Streams, rivers and lakes are often purposefully stocked with them for the sake of sports fishermen.
Almost all Trout are considered very good eating, though they all have a lot of very fine bones throughout.
Rainbow trout are native to North America, have become naturalized in England and were introduced into New Zealand via Somona Creek, San Francisco, in 1877.
Brown Trout were introduced into New Zealand (South Island) via Tasmania in 1867.
Literature & Lore
“Here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling.” — William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616. Twelfth Night. Act II, Scene 5.)