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Brook Trout

New Jersey State Fish

Brook trout; photo by Patrick Talbert on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Fish of New Jersey

New Jersey designates brook trout as the official state fish (Governor James J. Florio signed Assembly Bill 2608 on January 8, 1992 at Hopatcong Middle School, Hopatcong, New Jersey). Nineteen states recognize a species of freshwater trout as an official state symbol. All State Fish

Also called speckled trout, brookies, or speckles, brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) live under water conditions that are cool, clean and pure (they cannot survive in polluted water). Brook trout prefer aquatic insects (nymphs) that live under the rocks and on the stream bottom, but will eat whatever they can find including land insects that fall into the water, small crayfish, and other small fish and minnows when they are easy to catch.