Cedar Springs Trout Hatchery
207 Trout Lane, Mill Hall, PA  17751 Phone: (570) 726-3737

Rainbow Trout

These trout are native to the pacific coast but have been stalked in almost every habitat across the continent. These trout are the easiest and fastest to grow. They will do well in any type of habitat that includes small or large moving bodies of cool, fresh water, and non-moving bodies of water such as cool water ponds that contain enough oxygen. Although if you do put them in streams they will travel up or down stream the farthest to find the habitat most desirable. They can also live in the widest types of temperature extremes. They can live in more alkaline (basic: limestone) water pH. These fish are surface feeders, and have a longer life expectancy. They can grow up to 25-28 inches and can weigh 8-12 lbs easily.

A very unique fact about the rainbow trout is that they are one of the few organisms that can live in both freshwater and saltwater. The area of where a freshwater river meets the ocean contains brackish water. This is water that is created by mixing freshwater and saltwater. The only side affect the fish seems to show is a change in its coloring. This trout must however, travel back to freshwater to spawn.

These fish are the iconic trout that everyone knows when they see it. This fish has a very prominent rose colored lateral line along the side of its body. They can have two general variations to their background color. Generally in streams they tend to be green on top and have a lighter underbelly. However, if they are found in saltwater they can have a silver hue to them. These rainbows are then referred to as steelheads.

Golden Trout

This fish is a subspecies of the standard rainbow trout. It is the same type of fish but it has a skin color variation. These fish act and require pretty much all of the same requirements as the standard rainbow or steelhead. These fish on the other hand are very good at hiding, which they have to be because they are very easy to pick out of the water. Golden's have the same rose colored lateral line as the rainbow, but the rest of their body is a very yellow or golden colored. These fish also tend to feed at night because it is safer for them to come out of hiding. These fish would be an excellent choice for kids to fish for because they are easy to see.

Brown Trout

These fish are of European descent. They can handle a wide rang of temperatures, and they like more basic to neutral water pH. Browns like to stay in deeper pools of water, but they do well in any trout friendly waters. They can be considered and all purpose fish for ponds or streams of any size. These trout are more territorial then rainbow trout, but they will travel to an extent. They are nocturnal feeders who like to wait for their food to sink down before they try to eat it. They are relatively disease resistant. Unfortunately they are one of the slowest growing of the trout species that we carry. They can grow up to 30 in and weigh 8-12 lbs.

When identifying this fish they are the most basic looking. These trout are brown in color with dark speckles on a lighter background.

Brook Trout

This trout is native to Pennsylvania. It is more tolerent of acidic water such as mountain streams or bodies of water that have a lot of pine trees growing near them. These fish travel the least out of all the fish we have. Brooks tend to stay in the area where they were released into the water. This makes them great candidates for derbies. They will do just fine in basic water too. These fish are most affected by temperature. The prefer the colder temperatures. They are the smaller of the trout species that we carry, only growing up to 20 in.

These fish have a very distinct color pattern. They have lighter green vermiculation pattern on a darker forest-green background. They have unmistakeable white tips on their fins and strong red underbellies.

Tiger Trout

This trout species is the result of cross fertilization of a female brown trout and a male brook trout. The tiger is unable to reproduce by its self, they can only be created. They can handle a wider variation for temperatures. Tiger trout are rarely found in the wild. These guys are more aggressive feeders, and will fight even harder on the line then any other of the trout we carry. These guys are best suited for ponds, because they have a strange instinct where they will turn down stream and swim for miles. This makes them a bad candidate for fish derbies.

Tiger trout can have some of the widest color variations due to their hybridization. These guys don't have white fin tip on their front pectoral fins.

Picture sources:


Haward, Tad. "Colorado Fl y Fishing-Colorado Trout Fishing-Denver Colorado Fly Fishing Trips-guide Services."Colorado Trout Hunters. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2014. <http://www.coloradotrouthunters.com/index.html>





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