|Class: Fishes: 4
||Diet: Fish, insects,
m (4 ft)
|Family: No Fish family
||Habitat: lakes, rivers
Canada, Northern USA
of the most important commercial freshwater fishes and a popular sport-fishing
species in North America, the lake trout is actually a char, not a true
trout. It has now been successfully introduced into lakes out of its natural
range. A beautiful fish, it has characteristic pale spots on head, back
and sides. Lake trout feed on fish, insects, crustaceans and plankton.
From late summer to December, lake trout spawn in shallow, gravel-bottomed
water. There is no nest, but males clear the spawning ground of debris.
The eggs are laid on the gravel and settle among the stones; they remain
there for the winter and hatch in early spring.