Trout behaviour in different parts of the world

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Trout behaviour in different parts of the world

Post Number:#1  Postby Jonas Fredriksson » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:55 pm

Does trout behave different on different places of earth?

In NZ you often find trout feeding in shallow waters, riffles etc. Back in Sweden most fishes are caught in deeper water and many fisherman seems to be thinking that the big fishes are always standing far from the banks or in deep water. I know that's wrong but is there a difference from how they behave in NZ. I know some small lakes back home that mainly hold trout over 2lbs, similar to the streams in NZ, where you sometimes see big trout in shallow waters (20cm) very close to the bank. This is making me very confused :glare: What are your experiences / theories?

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Post Number:#2  Postby Paul Arden » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:02 pm

Hi Jonas,

This is a good question and it puzzled me until I fished the Kola for trout. There the fish are in exactly the same places as NZ backcountry waters - only you can't see them because their camouflage works. I've experienced the same thing with big fish in Canadian Tailwaters too. No doubt a long time in the future, trout in NZ will evolve to have a new camouflage.

For the most part I think a trout is a trout. However pressure makes them behave differently. They go from naive to spooky to "educated". That takes much less longer to happen!

My thoughts anyway.

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Post Number:#3  Postby al greig » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:21 am

Doesn't it have something to do with predators?

NZ trout don't have to contend with (as far as I know) fish eating birds, for instance, or otters, or even seals.

I still spend time prospecting rivers here in Scotland, looking hopefully into backwaters and so on, but I very rarely see trout in the places I''d expect to find them in NZ. Almost never, in fact. On the other hand, it is well known that they will often come right into the shallows in lochs - because often that's where the food is.

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