Weird mark on trout

troutdude

Moderator
I'm not sure what that yellow mark/spot is. Maybe someone else will know. And it doesn't look very healthy (most brooder I've seen don't--because they are near the end of their lives). But it's a beast for sure! Good job man.
 

Grant22

New member
Those aren’t the yellow spots on the side you can’t see them in the pic but they looked like a little yellow dot on its belly. Compared to a lot of the other brooders it looked pretty good and it tasted pretty good too.
 

playhooky

Active member
Those aren’t the yellow spots on the side you can’t see them in the pic but they looked like a little yellow dot on its belly. Compared to a lot of the other brooders it looked pretty good and it tasted pretty good too.
Perhaps you just ate a $1000 Derby Winner Trout with the yellow dot identifying the prize value. Oh boy!
 

SciFly

Member
That is a beast!!! You won't be forgetting the experience anytime soon. Hats off to you buddy!
As for yellow dots on trout bellies, I have caught many trout with those same markings, as I am sure there are a great number of fisherman that can recall seeing those same yellow spots on trout from the past. I cannot add any research data to this, but based on the wide variety of locations I have caught fish with those markings, and basic hereditary science, I would make an educated guess that they are nothing more than birth marks (spots with pigment differences) and are likely the result of either inter-breeding or genetic mutations (sorry if this is getting too deep). There may be some distant relative in the wood pile (Yellowstone cutthroat, German brown, etc.) that had yellowish throat or belly markings and these are just DNA blips showing up many generations down the line. No such thing as "purebred" anything anymore.

Option #2: who knows???

What cannot be denied is the fact that this is one awesome fish!!! Congratulations!
 

Grant22

New member
That is a beast!!! You won't be forgetting the experience anytime soon. Hats off to you buddy!
As for yellow dots on trout bellies, I have caught many trout with those same markings, as I am sure there are a great number of fisherman that can recall seeing those same yellow spots on trout from the past. I cannot add any research data to this, but based on the wide variety of locations I have caught fish with those markings, and basic hereditary science, I would make an educated guess that they are nothing more than birth marks (spots with pigment differences) and are likely the result of either inter-breeding or genetic mutations (sorry if this is getting too deep). There may be some distant relative in the wood pile (Yellowstone cutthroat, German brown, etc.) that had yellowish throat or belly markings and these are just DNA blips showing up many generations down the line. No such thing as "purebred" anything anymore.

Option #2: who knows???

What cannot be denied is the fact that this is one awesome fish!!! Congratulations!
That is actually a REALLY good thought and makes a lot of sense especially with how most of the stocker trout are crosses between cutties and rainbows. There would be amble opportunity for a mutation like that to happen in the pigment.
 
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