Rainbow trout with unique features caught in Spring Creek in Tennessee




Ty Jones caught a rainbow trout with unique features in Spring Creek in Reliance, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency posted Jones' fish on its Facebook page.

The trout weighed 4.3 pounds and measured 19.5 inches in length.

Ty Jones caught this rainbow trout in Spring Creek in Relieance, Tennessee
Ty Jones caught this rainbow trout in Spring Creek in Relieance, Tennessee  

Rainbow trout are native to the Pacific drainages of the western United States, but through extensive trout management during much of the 20th century the species has become the most widely distributed and abundant trout species in Tennessee, according to the TWRA.

Rainbow trout were originally introduced into Tennessee in the late 1880s when logging practices destroyed the native brook trout habitat.

Wild populations are now found in about 300 streams across East Tennessee. They can tolerate temperature slightly warmer than brook trout, preferring water temperature lower than 70 degrees.

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The state record rainbow trout weighed 18 pounds, eight ounces and was caught in a private pond.

The TWRA stocks trout at several locations across the state several times each year.

The schedule is listed at bit.ly/3sqCHn4.

This rainbow trout was caught in Spring Creek in Reliance, Tennessee.
This rainbow trout was caught in Spring Creek in Reliance, Tennessee.  

Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Unique rainbow trout caught in Spring Creek in Tennessee

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