I meant to post this up in a thread asking about fall brown trout fishing, but I can't seem to find it anymore. (??) Anyway, someone was asking about brown trout meat quality around the spawn, and I actually collected quite a bit of data on that subject this year. It turns out, that in the lakes I fished the meat quality of males was always better than that of females. Females probably use of their fat reserves to produce eggs. This is apparant by the color of the meat. In trout, high fat content meat is red/orange, low fat content meat is white. The picture shows the difference. Both of these fish were caught the same day, the top is a female, the bottom is a male. This trend was always observed. The females are still tasty, but just a little less sweet in flavor.