Char of the Springs

Salvelinus fontinalis=trout or char “of the springs”. Brookies can spawn in the moving water of a stream and in stillwaters that are spring fed. This photo is of a “redd” or nest carved out of bottom gravel in a small Rhode Island pond. Adult fish were nearby so it’s not clear if the eggs have yet been laid and fertilized. Fortunately, this pond has only wild brook trout in it. There are no stocked trout to compete with the natives, intrude on their mating activities, and prey on the young of the year. And without stockers in the water to attract hordes of fishermen and limited access, fishing pressure is minimal. The pond is, in effect, a refuge for a remnant population of wild trout in RI.

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