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Brook Trout

New York State Fish (Freshwater)

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

Official State Fish of New York

New York designated brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) as the official state fish in 1975 (New York also recognizes an official saltwater fish). Brook trout can be found in brooks, lakes and streams throughout New York. All State Fish

Brook Trout Facts

Also called speckled trout, brookies, or speckles, brook trout live only under water conditions that are cool, clean and pure. 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.