Bull trout

The Bull Trout species was once a vastly common fish found in the areas of the Northwest Pacific, around the northern parts of California, and the Bering Sea. For thousands of years, they have migrated toward the continent of North America and have since become a threatened species. Young ones tend to feed on various aquatic invertebrates, while adults primarily eat other fish. They are a sensitive species that cannot adapt to high sediment quality within their spawning areas.

Appearance

The fish’s body is a dark background that displays pale, distinctive yellow spots on the back. Along the side, they are orange or red-hued spots or rings. The fins’ predominant edges are white in color, and the dorsal fin appears translucent. It measures up to 103 cm and weighs 32 lbs with a head and mouth that looks oddly large.

Habitat and Lifestyle

As they do not tolerate different environments easily, they migrate a lot, leading to most species’ decline. They move according to their needs when it comes to developmental as well as seasonal habitat.

They spawn in streams that are headwater in nature, containing a bottom with clear gravel. The clear waters along coastal rivers and high mountains in North America are home to the Bull Trout.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Bull Trout are usually aggressive creatures that prefer cold water bodies and have high-oxygen levels. As they are an endangered species, it is required for anglers to handle them carefully. Wetting hands can help the fish’s protective coat stay on and avoid risking their lives to the vulnerability of fungal or bacterial infections.

Peak Season

The Bull Trout is a declining species that is almost extinct; therefore, only catch-and-release is legal. This usually happens when the temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit, during May-July.

Best Bait

The best baits that can be used to catch a Bull Trout include:

  • Minnow imitating crankbaits
  • Spoons
  • Jigs
  • Spinners
  • Big Streamers for fly fishing