Bull Trout

Salvelinus confluentus

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  • Bull Trout |  Photo: Shannon Downey, USFWS
  • Bull Trout |  Photo: Shannon Downey, USFWS
  • Bull Trout |  Photo: Shannon Downey, USFWS
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Basic Information

Other names

Squaretail, Speck






Bull Trout are generally up to 35 inches in length.


Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus) facts, description, habitat, range, pictures and fly fishing tips to help you catch and identify the fish.


Cool water in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Montana and western Canada

What does the Bull Trout look like?

Olive green to bronze body with pale yellow, orange or salmon colored spots. Bull Trout resemble Brook Trout but can be distinguished easily by looking at the dorsal (back) fin. Bull Trout do not have spots on the dorsal fin.

How to catch Bull Trout

For Bull Trout country head to the Clackamas River in Oregon the clean mountain streams of central Idaho.

Bull Trout Facts

Bull Trout are a little more tempremental than other species of trout. They need cold water to survive, a stable stream channel and clean spawing and rearing gravel with good cover. Most places Bull Trout are catch and release only, so before you decide to keep your catch double check and make sure it's not a Bull Trout.

Bull Trout Distribution

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