Lake trout have a typically troutlike
body, elongate, with a deeply
forked tail. The colouration is
variable, depending on size and
habitat, but generally it is dark
green to gray or brown on the
back, fading to pale underparts
that are dirty white or pale yellow.
The tail is more deeply forked than
in other char or trout and has light
coloured spots on both halves. The
head and body are covered in
whitish (never pink) irregular
spots. Sometimes there are
irregular light markings on the
back that are shaped like worms
(called vermiculations). The eyes
are large, round, and protruding.
Ministry of Fisheries. 1999. Lake Trout. Ministry of Fisheries. BC Fish Facts
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: fisheries, fish facts, lake trout
Scientific Name: Salvelinus namaycush
English Name: Lake Trout
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