Eastern U.S. Brook Trout Maps

Though some anglers might see these maps as providing poachers an easy guide to wild trout streams, I see them as a call to activism. Just take a look at the overall map of brook trout distribution in the eastern U.S. — the red areas mean “greatly reduced” and the gray areas mean “extirpated” — and you’ll get a picture of how badly we’ve abused native habitat for brook trout. Second takeaway: New Hampshire and Maine are the real brook trout holdouts, with rather clear demarcation between state lines, which, if the data is accurate, sends the message that conservation efforts are critical in helping the only trout native to the eastern U.S. survive. On WildTroutStreams.com.

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