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Trout - Rainbow

Trout - Rainbow
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Also known as:

Rainbows

steelhead trout

redband trout

silver trout

Common Group Name:

Salmonids

Family Name:

Salmonidae

Genus Name:

Oncorhynchus

Species Name:

Oncorhynchus mykiss


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of rainbow trout can be greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before being placed in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • Colouration of rainbow trout can vary with habitat, fish size, and sexual condition, but the characteristic broad pink/red stripe from head to tail is usually present.
  • Stream residents and spawners tend to be darker in colour, while lake residents are often lighter.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species is native to North America, where it inhabits temperate lakes and streams with gravel bottoms in cool (5°-20°C), well oxygenated water.
  • Rainbow trout have been introduced into a large number of countries worldwide, including Australia and New Zealand.
  • In Australia rainbow trout have been introduced into many cooler freshwater rivers and impoundments from northern NSW to Victoria, Tasmania, SA and South west WA.

Fish Size Common Length:

25-60 cm (10-24 inches), maximum size around 120 cm (48 inches) and 25 kg (55 pounds). World record 21.77 kg (48 pounds) from Lake Diefenbaker, Canada.