rainbow trout


Definition of rainbow trout 

: a large stout-bodied salmonid fish (Oncorhynchus mykiss synonym Salmo gairdneri) of western North America that is related to the Pacific salmon and is typically greenish above and white on the belly with a pink, red, or lavender stripe along each side of the body and with profuse black dots — compare steelhead

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Below the dam, rainbow trout action is good anytime there's moderate flow through the dam--flies, small spinners and spoons and Berkley Trout bait drifted under a bubble float will get them; www.riversideflyshop.com. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 20 Apr. 2018 Along with channel catfish, the lake is stocked with rainbow trout, rock bass, bass carp, brown trout and brown bullhead. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "‘Oh my god’: Giant 45-pound catfish caught in Green Lake," 19 June 2018 The water levels are back to normal at Wallace Lake in Berea, where there are plenty of rainbow trout, bass and even the odd coho salmon and brown trout to catch. cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for May 11: Western Lake Erie walleye fishing drawing crowds," 11 May 2018 These lakes contain channel catfish (with special harvest regulations) and/or rainbow trout that are stocked annually. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 Warm Lake is a unique fishery, home to rainbow trout, Kokanee and all three Idaho char species — brook, bull and Mackinaw trout. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Warm Lake offers chance to beat the heat, catch some fish near Cascade," 9 July 2018 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocks more than 30 lakes in the area with a variety of fish, ranging from landlocked salmon to rainbow trout, with many lakes already stocked this spring. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the best bets for sportfishing in Southcentral Alaska this holiday weekend," 26 May 2018 In addition to steelhead, about 600 pounds of rainbow trout were released in the East Branch of the Rocky River last Monday by the Cleveland Metroparks. cleveland.com, "D'Arcy Egan fishing report for May 3: Walleye biting, steelhead hanging around," 3 May 2018 Warm weather is great for spring breakers, but not so much for rainbow trout, which thrive in colder water. Andy Warren, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area spring breakers have another low-cost option: Fishing," 8 Mar. 2018

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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