Brook Trout – Toolbox
Join host Chelsea McKinney and Dr. Nathaniel Hitt, Scientist, USGS as we learn about the coolest fish you could ever imagine, the brook trout. These gorgeous fish are native to the cool, clear-flowing streams of the Appalachian Mountains.
The brook trout is a fish native to the eastern United States, and is often referred to as speckled trout, spotted trout, brookie, and squaretail. “Brookies” are considered an indicator species, because they help indicate the health or overall quality of the waters they inhabit. Large numbers of brook trout found in a stream indicate a healthy environment while a decline indicates deteriorating habitat and poor water quality.