Bull Trout – Spawning Space for Bull Trout
Limited Edition of 100, 24.5″ x 21″ – $160.00
Open Edition 8″ x 10″ – $30.00
Bull trout start to spawn from four to seven years of age. Males compete for females, and females become aggressive in obtaining a good gravel nesting site. The bellies of both males and females become red, and the males develop a hooked lower jaw. Females lay up to 5,000 eggs and males cover these with sperm. Hatching occurs within 100 to 145 days.
In the composition, “The Intruder”, a spoon is cast into a spawning stream. During the August to November spawn, bull trout stop feeding and rarely strike a spoon. However, sometimes the treble hook snags a fin as it is dragged across the body of a spawner which holds its position at a nesting site. A spoon just passing close to the nesting site violates the spawning space. Such is the case in this drawing. A male becomes protective and agitated. With a sudden twist of the body and thrust of its tail it darts forward to hip the spoon as it passes. Other spawners ignore such distractions. They focus on discharging their reproductive obligation. At such times, anglers can help by giving spawners space free from harassment and by letting them multiply. Late spring to midsummer is the best time to fish for bull trout.