Trout spend most of
their time in places such as pools, and under overhanging riparian
trees when preying upon other organisms. The Bonneville Cutthroat
trout are slow swimmers and prefer to occupy an area with slower moving
waters. They tend to stay in a relatively fixed position called a focal
point. The focal point is located next to a current. The trout waits at
this focal point for aquatic organisms to be swept by that they may eat.
When picking a focal
point, the trout use their amazing ability to detect the smallest changes
in the velocity of the water. Through this they can find the best
available spot for feeding. If the trout has discovered a well-supplied
spot, they may stay there for days.
Trout are visual eaters that will devour any organism that will fit in their mouth. They mostly feed at dawn and dusk when light reflects off of the water, allowing them to see their prey. Examples of some of the organisms a trout may eat are aquatic invertebrates such as: water striders, snails, segmented worms, Mayflies and Caddisflies (these will link to another students web page), small newly hatched fish, and non-aquatic bugs that may have fallen into the water.