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Brook Trout


Color variations of the Brook Trout include olive, blue-gray, or black above with a silvery white belly and wormlike markings along the back.

They have red spots sometimes surrounded by bluish halos on their sides.

Brook Trout Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Streams open 1st Saturday in April

Ponds open 1st Saturday in March
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person 6 (All Trout species combined)

4 in fly-fishing only waters
Delaware Range New Castle County - Christina Creek, White Clay Creek, Pike Creek, Mill Creek, Wilson Run, and Beaver Run

Kent County - Tidbury Pond

Sussex County - Newton Pond
Abundance in Delaware Waters Occasionally stocked in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences Brook Trout prefer clear, cool, well-oxygenated streams.

They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects and small fishes.
Did You Know? Brook Trout are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).

Commonly called a trout, the Brook Trout is actually a char and in the the salmon family.

Brook Trout have a healthy appetite. In addition to their typical diet of insects and small fishes, they have also been known to eat small mammals.

Brook Trout are occasionally stocked in Delaware waters.

Summer temperatures limit trout survival and reproduction in Delaware waters so stocked fish are meant to be taken, but may be released at the anglers discretion.
Common Lures and Baits Brook Trout can be caught with artificial flies and small spinners.

Live bait often includes worms.

Other common baits include corn, synthetic baits that are purchased in little jars, and even marshmallows.
Typical Sizes Caught Stocked Brook Trout can measure anywhere between 8 and18 inches.
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Live Release Award
Adult: 16 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 15 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 2 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 1.5 pounds minimum

Brook Trout are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Trout" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
Delaware State Record 11 pounds 10 ounces
Edwin Wallace
1997

"Trout" is a general category for Delaware records and can be any trout species.

Brook Trout are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.



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