brook trout is found throughout the Maritimes,
Newfoundland, and Labrador. It is common in Quebec
and Ontario, as well as the northeastern corner
of Manitoba. In the United States the brook trout
occurs in the northeastern states, in the Appalachian
Mountains south to Georgia, in the upper Mississippi
and in the Great Lakes drainage areas of Minnesota.
It has also been widely introduced in river systems
in western Canada.
Brook is the only species of trout native to the
Newfoundland and Labrador and the maritimes of
Canada. Also known as "spec" or "speckled trout"
by some, the brook is not a true trout, but a
""char"." The brook trout cannot tolerate high
temperatures, environmental abuses like pollution
or heavy angling pressure. Due to its smaller
size, the brook trout is at a competitive disadvantage
when it occurs with rainbow trout and retreats
upstream to avoid competition.