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Here's a spot for the younger adventurers and those young at heart to learn more about the great outdoors with print out activities, coloring sheets & kid-friendly websites.  You might want to print some out to keep around the cabin for those rainy days that sometimes happen.  Click links below to see more.
Go Fish!

Native to the Eastern United States, the brook trout is also known as a speckled trout, a spotted trout, a brookie, or a squaretail. Some trout that migrate back and forth from fresh to salt water are known as “salters.” Considered an indicator species, they help show the health of the water. Large groups of trout indicate that the environment in which they inhabit is healthy. A decline in the population is usually a sign of a deteriorating habitat and unsanitary water.

Spawning occurs in the late summer or fall, depending on the water temperature. During this time, the female will prepare a nest (called a redd) along the shoreline and stay there until she is ready to lay her eggs. Did you know a female trout can lay up to 5,000 eggs! When she is ready to lay her eggs, a male trout comes along and fertilizes they eggs as they are released into the redd. The female then buries the eggs in the gravel and the eggs stay there through winter until early spring, when they will hatch. 

The new baby brook trout, known as “fries”, start to hatch sometime between February and April. The fry will stay around the nesting spot until their yolk sac is absorbed and then proceed to find shallow water with food and protection. The average lifespan of a brook trout in the wild is 5 years.

More Fun Facts
  • Brook trout are a type of char belonging to the salmon family, Salmonidae.”
  • Unlike other types of salmon, brook trout have no teeth on the roof of their mouth.
  • When a male brook trout breeds with a female brown trout, their offspring is called a “tiger trout." And if a male brook trout breeds with a female lake trout, their offspring is called a “splake”.
  • Brook trout are crepuscular, or active mostly at dawn and dusk.
  • It is the state fish for 9 states including New Hampshire, Michigan, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and West Virginia
  • During the fall mating season, the genders of the fish become more noticeable. The male acquires a hooked lower jaw and more vibrant colors and also develops a hump on his back.

Make it Yourself
Everyone needs a little nibble of something in-between meals.  Click the words below for a quick and easy snack to make while you're waiting for fishing season to open.
Fishy Snack

Just for Fun Printables!
There are several species of trout in our PA waters.  Click the words below for 2 word games and try and find them all.
Trout Word Games

Need something else to do while waiting for the fish to bite, click the words below to print out a coloring sheet of this native resident:
Trout Coloring Sheet
* Coloring pages from the Wildlife of PA coloring book from PA Game Commission