The Rainbow Troutis one of the most sought after sport fishes in the world and attracts serious anglers from around the globe. The attractions are obvious if you have ever had the privilege to tangle with one and witness its raw power and undeniable beauty. To a great many anglers the Rainbow remains one of the most majestic sport fish in which to pursue.
The Rainbow Trout swim naturally throughout Alaska and offer the angler many options in which to choose. The many clearwater streams and lakes provide perfect habitat for both wild and hatchery trout alike. Many lakes are stocked with Rainbows and provide excellent opportunities to catch a bragging size Rainbow and more times than not you just may have the lake all to yourself. Some of these areas are catch and release so check the regs for verification.
Early spring means warmer water and the awakening of the Rainbow from its long winters nap. The Rainbow will slowly make its way into shallower water to prepare for spawning. It is at this time that the Rainbow Trout devours any morsel of food that comes near it. I donít have to say this is a great time to be on the water.
The Rainbow becomes very active as the water warms and hits a range of between 52 and 60 degrees dazzling anglers and spectators alike with its arm numbing runs and spectacular arial displays. This time frame could range from mid April to mid June.When the water temperature reaches a certain level the female will fan her tail to clean away sediment leaving a nest or redd of clean gravel. A Rainbow Trout redd can be from 4 to 12 inches in depth and 9 to 16 inches in diameter. The female may deposit anywhere from 700 to 7,000 eggs. The Rainbow Trout eggs are then fertilized by the male and covered with gravel where they remain unattended from a few weeks to four months depending on the weather that season.
The newly hatched Rainbow fry emerge from the gravel and seek stream debris or protected lake shores for shelter. There, they will remain, for two to three years, feeding on plant materials, small insects and their larvae. Finally, the few that survive move to more open areas in their habitat in order to feed on much larger items such as small fish, leeches, insects and even rodents who find themselves occasionally in the Rainbow Trout feeding lane.
The Rainbow Trout is among the top rated sport fish in the world today. Alaska Fish and Game do their best to protect and preserve this much sought after species with conservative bag limits, catch and release and seasons which are closed on some Alaskan waters during peak spawning. If your intentions are to enjoy the great taste of the Rainbow trout please consider one of the many stocked lakes in the area. There are usually more fish which are often easier to catch, fight just as hard and taste just as good. If you are like me once you lay your eyes on a native Rainbow Trout, with its magnificent colors, you just might agree that these fish should be released to fight again so that generations to come might have a chance to see one of Godís true gifts to us all.