(Suckley, 1858); SALMONIDAE FAMILY; also called western brook trout, Rocky Mountain trout, red spotted salmon trout, red spotted char
Endemic to the Pacific northwest, it inhabits most of the major drainages on both sides of the Continental Divide. It seems to prefer large, cold rivers and lakes draining high mountainous areas, and tends to frequent the bottoms of deep pools. It has been recorded in northern California, Oregon, Washington, northern Nevada, Idaho, western Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.
Though described and named by Suckley in 1858, for over a century it was confused w...