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Fish of Kamchatka' rivers

Chars

Brown Trout

Brown trout is characterized with light-yellow color with big light irregular spots. When in the sea, it becomes even lighter, but doesn’t gain a silver tone as other migrating salmons do. Representatives of the landlocked form have more intensive colors – bright-yellow or yellow-brown.
During spawning period, the brown trout gets darker becoming dark-grey or chocolate color; light spots become less visible. The initial rays of paired and caudal fins turn white, the skin gets rough; the lower jaw develops a noticeable hook. The brown trout may grow up to 99 cm and reach weight up to 11 kg. Its age of life is much longer than the one of the sea run char:  a 5 kg fish is usually 15-17-years old.

Landlocked brown trout grows much slower than the migrating one and is smaller in size – weight not exceeding 3 kg, maximum lifetime 11 years. Brown trout spends its early years (3-5) in freshwater, and then begins to migrate towards the sea for feeding. Migrating brown trout goes down the river in May-June and returns during the period from July till September, spawning is August. Migrating forms prefer spawning in the mid- and downstream reaches of rivers. Landlocked forms spawn in the lake system and sometimes in small streams. Brown trout is an active predator. When in rivers, it prays on underyearlings of pacific salmons, banstickle and muddler.

 

Fish of Kamchatka' rivers

 

Sea fish of Kamchatka