So you’ve started fly fishing and now you want to know, where do trout live? That’s a great question and one we will cover in a little more detail below.

Trout is a species mainly known to freshwater habitats. It belongs to the genre ;“Oncorhynchus,” “Salvelinus,” and “Salmon.”

Trout are related to char or salmon. They are of the same genre and most trout live in freshwater and in the sea and their diet tends to revolve around food and prey they can catch with teeth in these habitats.


Do Trout Live in Freshwater or Saltwater?

Trout are usually found in cool (50–60 °F or 10–16 °C), clear freshwater streams and lakes, although many of the species have anadromous strains as well. Most trout such live in freshwater lakes and rivers, while there are others such as the rainbow trout that can spend two or three years at sea before returning to fresh water to spawn during the spawning season.

These trout are often called steelhead which similar to salmon roams into and out of the seawater and freshwater habitats. Trout can often be found in streams that have naturally formed areas over the years carved out from the flow of the water. These naturally formed areas can often be referred to as Riffles, Runs and Pools as referenced on wikipeadia

In Which Countries Do Trout Live?

In Which Countries Do Trout Live - Fly Fishing


Young trout are called troutling or troutlet. Their natural habitat is North Asia, North America, and Europe. Trout have been prominent for many years in the United Kingdom, USA and Canada where many anglers enjoy the sport of fly fishing. Fly Fishing has rapidly become a favorite past time for those enjoying the outdoor life and wanting to catch a trout or salmon.

Do Trout Live In the Winter?

Yes, trout like many other species of fish live all year round. They do however tend to become more lethargic when they eat during the winter as they thrive better in warmer waters. With food being sparser during the winter, trout tend to lay low and wait for passing food rather than hunting aggressively in the warmer spring and summer months.

Trout will tend to stay in deeper waters also during winter and hang around large boulders, river grass areas and over hanging tress, basically anywhere there is shade and protection from other predators.


Trout can be found in many different places and habitats around the world. Many countries have introduced trout to their rivers and lakes and they have rapidly grown and settled into their new environments. Trout will mainly be found in rivers, lakes, streams, reservoirs and stocked fish farms.