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West is best for trout

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Of the 559 voters in our Who's Got Game? poll asking which U.S. region has the best trout fishing, the West came away the winner with 217 votes, or 39 percent.

The Northeast, which led early in the contest, had a strong showing and finished second with 145 votes, or 26 percent. The Midwest was third with 18 percent (99 votes), followed by the Southeast (13 percent, 72 votes) and the Southwest (5 percent, 26 votes).

The waters of the West and Northeast are naturals for these cool water species. The West holds records for bull, cutthroat and rainbow trout. The brook trout record comes from Canada and the world record brown trout was caught in Arkansas.

West wins trout:
Northeast 26 percent (145 votes) = 26 points

Midwest 18 percent (99 votes) = 18 points

Southeast 13 percent (72 votes) = 13 points

West 39 percent (217 votes) = 39 points

Southwest 5 percent (26 votes) = 5 points

Northeast wins smallmouth:

Northeast 39 percent (328 votes) = 39 points

Midwest 26 percent (219 votes) = 26 points

Southeast 23 percent (195 votes) = 23 points

West 6 percent (51 votes) = 6 points

Southwest 5 percent (42 votes) = 5 points

Largemouth results:

Northeast 8 percent (64 votes) = 8 points

Midwest 10 percent (81 votes) = 10 points

Southeast 54 percent (435 votes) = 54 points

West 13 percent (105 votes) = 13 points

Southwest 15 percent (120 votes) =13 points

Total points:

Northeast 73 points

Midwest 54 points

Southeast 90 points

West 58 points

Southwest 23 points