Testing of anglers has shown that their ability to identify trout and other Alberta salmonids is not always that good, especially when the fish are juveniles. It's a skill that most of us probably need to work on, especially as Alberta's Fishing Regulations prohibit the killing of certain species - bull trout everywhere and other species depending on where you catch them. So as a way for anyone to check how good he or she is at telling one from another, the Chapter (actually Ken Monk!) developed a multiple choice quiz. There are 20 pictures in total with at least one of a bull trout, rainbow, brookie, brown, golden, lake trout, lake and mountain whitefish, arctic grayling, tiger trout and cuttthroat. You can access the quiz on the Chapter's website at http://www.nlft.org/...ification-quiz/
Give it a try. When you've answered them all, you can email your result to FishQuiz@nlft.org to be entered to win a copy of Fishes of Alberta – Field Identification guide. The draw will occur on April 15. Email entries will be destroyed and the information collected will not be sold or used for any purposes other than to notify the winner.
Don't be surprised if you find it harder than you might think. A study reported by Jim Stelfox and Jennifer Earle in 2013 that used a similar quiz found that, "Although most (71%) of those tested indicated that they were experienced anglers who had fished for more than 10 years and 82% indicated that they fished in the Eastern Slopes, the average first-attempt score was only 57%." Interestingly Alberta’s provincial fish, the bull trout,was the species correctly identified the least often. Some of that testing was done on members of the Edmonton Chapter of TUC! Can you do better?