Travel Patterns

In rivers, or streams that are constant flowing, you will discover that a trout will travel far less than in water that changes all the time. The reason for this is that in water that is constantly changing, the water is regulated and therefore, prone to ever-changing water temperatures. Since trout want consistent water temperatures that have adequate oxygen, they like the constant flowing water where those factors are more consistent.

If you fish in wild rivers, do not be surprised to find that trout can travel on average of 10 to 30 miles every season. Interestingly, this travel is not all downstream but upstream as well. Trout also find and use many different feeding and resting locations. If there are any springs feeding into the lake, river, or stream, the trout will likely swim upstream to reach those springs where the water temperature is cool and thereby more comfortable.

When fishing on hot days, keep in mind that trout will swim downstream to find large pools or dams where they can find water temperatures that are more to their liking.

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  • cupido
    Do trout swim upstream or downstream?
    8 years ago
  • katherine
    How far upstream trout travel?
    8 years ago

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