Trout, Brook

Salvelinus fontinalis

Salvelinus fontinalis

Fishing Status

An IFS Recreational Angling licence is needed to take brook trout. Licences can be purchased from more than 130 agents located in retail businesses around the state. Licensing agents are primarily fishing stores but also include most trout guides, Service Tasmania outlets and the IFS head office. Specific fishing regulations for bag and size limits and fishing technique (bait, lure or fly) may vary between waters.

Distinguishing Features

Resembles the brown trout in general form but can be quite deep in the body with pale spots present above the lateral line. The mouth is very large, reaching back beyond eyes.


Dark olive green on the back, sides and dorsal fin with light worm-like markings. Red spots may be present on the sides. The pectoral, pelvic and anal fins have a distinct white stripe along the leading edge with a contrasting dark stripe next to it. Breeding fish may have a bright orange-red blush along the sides and belly.


Smaller in size than brown or rainbow trout, they usually do not grow to more than 0.5 kg or so in weight in North America, their native habitat. Translocated populations frequently exceed this weight, with specimens of about 4 kg being taken from Clarence Lagoon.


Brook trout are native to the east coast of North America. They were first introduced to Tasmania in 1883, but this introduction was unsuccessful. They were again introduced from Canada as recently as 1962 and a wild population has established in Clarence Lagoon. Other releases have occurred in the Anthony/Henty region on the west coast of Tasmania. Broodstock is also held at the Inland Fisheries Service hatchery at the Salmon Ponds, Plenty.

Tasmanian Distribution

Clarence Lagoon, Lake Plimsoll, Lake Selina and Lake Rolleston have reproducing populations of wild stock brook trout. Several other waters in the State have been stocked with wild and domestic stock brook trout including Brushy Lagoon, Bradys Lake, Bronte Lagoon, Lake Kara, Lake Leake, Craigbourne Dam and Lake Meadowbank.

Thanks to Inland Fisheries Service for fact sheet.