The Stream Doctor

May 23rd, 2004

Email YOUR Questions directly to the Stream Doctor. This is your opportunity to get an experts professional opinion on anything stream related.

Q. I have been fishing for trout for 30 years; maybe you will help with a campground question that has many different answers. Why does the meat of some trout turn pink? The quick answer is it's a native trout or born in the stream. If this is true, why do small native brook trout have white meat? My fishing buddies and I have spent many a camp fire trying to answer this question.

A. Well, there are not many different answers, and the quick answer is wrong. Meat color is dependent on the trout's diet; trout feeding on crustaceans (scuds, zooplankton, etc.) will have pink meat, while those feeding on insects will produce white meat. Thus, the small native brook trout with white meat are feeding predominantly on insects. Contact me at

If you have a question, please feel free to contact me.
~ C. E. (Bert) Cushing, aka Streamdoctor
105 W. Cherokee Dr.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: 970-577-1584

The 'Stream Doctor' is a retired professional stream ecologist and author, now living in the West and spending way too much time fly-fishing. You are invited to submit questions relating to anything stream related directly to him for use in this Q & A Feature at

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