Rainbow Trout - Oncorhynchus mykiss


Rather similar to Brown Trout, but with spots on the tail and a red/purple bar along the side of the body.

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Freshwater rivers and lakes, usually as a stocked fish.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Usually occurs as a stocked fish in Britain, although there are a few breeding (wild) populations.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain, usually as a stocked fish.

VC55 Status

Only thought to occur as a stocked fish in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Common names
Steelhead Trout, Rainbow Trout
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
03/04/2023 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
03/04/2023 (Nicholls, David)

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