The Ultimate Trout Spawning Quiz
Image: refer to hsw
About This Quiz
Excitement is in the water as the climax of the trout's life cycle approaches. The season when the trout spawn is also the best time to catch them. Take this quiz to learn more about how trout spawn.
What are fry?
This is the initial stage of development after hatching.
trout that can legally be fished
Who supplies food for the newly hatched young trout?
The female who laid the eggs remains for two to three weeks to care for the young.
Male and female together protect the young from predators.
They take care of themselves.
No one -- they have to fend for themselves.
How long is the initial stage of development?
The fry stage lasts about a year.
What is the distinguishing feature of the second stage of development?
The trout develop parr bars or vertical growth marks on their sides.
patterned coloring to camouflage them
When do the trout depart their birth waters?
when the supply of food is insufficient for their growing appetites
At the end of the parr period when they develop into smolt.
Does a trout prepare for spawning?
As soon as they reach maturity, the trout can spawn.
A few years after reaching maturity, the trout can spawn.
After the smolt matures into adulthood, it eats and grows in preparation for the big event.
They scout the area in search of suitable partners.
What sets rainbow trout apart from other trout?
They spawn at an earlier age.
They spawn earlier in their lives (aged about two years) than most other trout.
The male develops bright coloring to attract females in spawning season.
Females carrying eggs become aggressive and can prey on male trout.
What happens to adult trout as they approach spawning maturity?
They fight for dominance of the spawning grounds.
Their behavior becomes more aggressive when seeking food.
They change in color from silver to red, pink and green.
Other than coloring, is there a difference in appearance of an adult male approaching spawning?
They develop sacks on their abdomens to contain seminal fluid.
Male trout develop an elongated hooked jaw known as a kype.
The become round in shape.
How can you tell a female prior to spawning?
Female becomes rounder in shape.
As the eggs grow in the abdomen, the female becomes rounder and fuller in shape.
The eyes of the female protrude more to help seek partners and to avoid predators.
The female fins grow larger to help her swim.
Where can you catch sand trout?
As the name suggests, in particularly sandy areas.
It is a protected species so you can't catch it.
It was rumored to have been seen in the Sonoran Desert.
You can't -- it was a myth following a brutal drought in the Sonoran Desert in the Southwest.
When do the brown trout spawn?
They spawn in the daytime.
depends on the amount of shade
When is the best time to observe lake trout spawning?
They spawn at night during the autumn.
What differentiates rainbow trout and brown trout from other saltwater species?
The females are larger and more aggressive than the males.
They return to freshwater to spawn.
These two species leave the saltwater and return to the freshwater streams where they were born in order to spawn.
They spawn in coastal lagoons close to shore
How far from the lake itself do the lake trout migrate to spawn?
They migrate upstream to where they were born.
They only travel a few miles upstream until they find a secluded spot.
Lake trout don't leave the lake. They seek out a sandbar or graveled shore.
What does the female do before depositing her eggs?
The female digs a shallow trench, or redd with her tail.
Swims around slowly to attract the male trout.
Chases away possible predators.
What is the role of the female after laying her eggs?
The females watches the eggs until they hatch.
After the eggs are fertilized, the female covers them with sand and leaves.
The female watches over the eggs until a male has fertilized the eggs and then covers the redd with sand and gravel before leaving.
After fertilization, the female disperses the eggs to give them a better chance of survival.
Do trout die after spawning like salmon?
No, they get to enjoy themselves a number of times.
No, the trout get to spawn a number of times.
Only the older trout that have already spawned a number of times.
Saltwater trout often cannot adapt to the ocean after spawning in freshwater streams and go into shock becoming easy prey for predators.
What is the most effective bait during spawning season?
Salmon and trout eggs in a net are the most enticing bait.
When is the best time to fish?
During spawning season there are large concentrations of hungry fish.
after spawning season when the fish are more relaxed
during the late night hours before spawning season