Brook Trout

Michigan State Fish


Brook trout

Brook trout;photo by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Official State Fish of Michigan

Michigan designated brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as the official state fish in 1988. Brook trout can only live in cool, clean water and can be found in many of Michigan's lakes, rivers, and streams. All State Fish

Michigan legislators originally chose "the trout" as the state fish in 1965, but did not specify which of the four species of trout found in Michigan was the official state fish (the brook trout, the brown trout, the rainbow trout, or the lake trout); brook trout was specified in the 1988 legislation.



Brook trout illustration by Robert W. Hines / USFWS Digital Library.

Brook trout illustration

Brook trout photo © Brian Jorg / CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Brook trout


Brook Trout Spawning-underwater footage-spectacular - Wild Visions, Inc.