The Ultimate Trout Spawning Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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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.


Who supplies food for the newly hatched young trout?

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.


When do the trout depart their birth waters?

At the end of the parr period when they develop into smolt.


Does a trout prepare for spawning?

After the smolt matures into adulthood, it eats and grows in preparation for the big event.


What sets rainbow trout apart from other trout?

They spawn earlier in their lives (aged about two years) than most other trout.


What happens to adult trout as they approach spawning maturity?

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?

Male trout develop an elongated hooked jaw known as a kype.


How can you tell a female prior to spawning?

As the eggs grow in the abdomen, the female becomes rounder and fuller in shape.


Where can you catch sand trout?

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.


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?

These two species leave the saltwater and return to the freshwater streams where they were born in order to spawn.


How far from the lake itself do the lake trout migrate to spawn?

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.


What is the role of the female after laying her eggs?

The female watches over the eggs until a male has fertilized the eggs and then covers the redd with sand and gravel before leaving.


Do trout die after spawning like salmon?

No, the trout get to spawn a number of times.


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.


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