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Kamloops Trout - Stit-tse Salmo kamloops (Jordan)

The Kamloops Trout is an interesting trout found in Kamloops, Okanogan, Kootenai and other lakes tributary to the Fraser and upper Columbia rivers. It is locally abundant, and is a fine large trout, slender in form, graceful in appearance and movement, somewhat different from the common steelhead but not distinguished by any technical character of importance, and probably interleaving fully with the latter. It is said to be a very fine game-fish, which is taken chiefly by trolling with the spoon.

Head 4 1/2; depth 4 1/8; D. 11; A. 11 Or 12; scales 30-135 to 146-26, 65 before the dorsal; gillrakers 6 + 11 or 12; Br. []+11. Body elongate, somewhat compressed maxillary extending beyond eye, its length not quite half head; snout slightly rounded in profile the profile regularly ascending; teeth moderate some of those in the outer row in each jaw somewhat enlarged; opercles striate, not much produced backward; dorsal fin rather low, its longest ray slightly greater than base of fin, 1 3/5 in head; anal fin rather larger than usual in trout, its outline slightly concave, its longest ray greater than base of fin and little more than half head; caudal fin rather broad, distinctly forked, its outer rays about twice length of inner; pectoral rather long, 1 1/8 in head; ventrals moderate, 1 3/4 in head; gillrakers comparatively short and few. Colour, dark olive above, bright silvery below the silvery colour extending some distance below the lateral line, where it ends abruptly; middle of side with a broad light-rose-colored band covering about 1/2 total depth of fish; back above with small black spots about the size of pin heads, irregularly scattered, and somewhat more numerous posteriorly; a few faint spots on top of head; dorsal and caudal fins rather thickly covered with small black spots similar to those on back but more distinct; a few spots on adipose fin which is edged with blackish; lower fins plain; upper border of pectoral dusky; a vague dusky blotch on upper middle rays of anal.

From American Game and Food Fishes. Jordan and Evermann, 1902.