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Life of Riley  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:39:32 AM(UTC)
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In the less drift region, what are approximate life spans for different trout and char? I know for walleye, in northern natural lakes they can live a very long time, vs. in major river systems they have a higher metabolism, grow much quicker, and die at a much younger age.
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shebs  
#2 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:50:52 AM(UTC)
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5 to 7 years is the high end, from what I've read.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 3:21:03 AM(UTC)
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Brook Trout very rarely live past 6 years old in the Driftless. For Browns I’ve heard of fish surviving past 12 years in colder systems.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 3:32:38 AM(UTC)
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Yeah... those bigger browns are likely 8-12 years old.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 31, 2019 5:38:31 AM(UTC)
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Trout (at least our Trout) aren’t really that long lived in the grand scheme of things. I’ve heard that northern country Flatheads can get over 50 years old on rare occasion. That makes sense given that their growing season literally lasts 4 months assuming a late Spring.

Lakers up north or in Lake Superior are often older than the fisherman catching them.
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