Rainbow Trout

Native to the West Coast and introduced to Vermont in the late 1800s, Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) are the most habitat-sensitive of the trout species and are stocked and bred extensively in state fisheries. Rainbow Trout will live in high- to moderate-gradient streams and rivers, as well as cold lakes. They are very sensitive to water pH levels and do not do well in acidic conditions.


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