taxon of fishes

The splake or slake (Salvelinus namaeycush X Salvelinus fontinalis) is a fish. It is the hybrid of a male brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and a female lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush). The name is a combination of speckled trout (another name for brook trout) and lake trout. The name may have been used as early as the 1880s.[1] Hybrids of the male lake trout with the female brook trout (the so-called "brookinaw") have also been produced, but are not as successful.[2]

Three versions of the tiger trout hybrid (above) and one splake hybrid (below)


  1. Kerr, S. J. (2000): F1 Splake: An Annotated Bibliography and Literature Review. Fish and Wildlife Branch, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough, Ontario. 79p. + appendices.
  2. Sowards, C. L. 1959. Experiments in hybridizing several species of trout. Progressive Fish Culturist 21(4) : 147-150.