Cutthroat trout

The cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii) is a fish species of the family Salmonidae native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, Rocky Mountains, and Great Basin in North America. As a member of the genus Oncorhynchus, it is one of the Pacific trout, a group that includes the widely distributed rainbow trout. This terrain kept individual “pods” of cutthroats in isolated areas, and their gene pools limited from encounters with various other trout during their evolution.

This led to many different separately evolved sub species . This subspecies has been further divided into two populations, the Alberta and British Columbia populations.

Yellowstone cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii bouvieri) are the most widespread native trout of the park and were the dominant fish species here prior to Euroamerican settlement. They are an important species in Yellowstone National Park, upon which many other species depend. Their range also extends inland where they can be found on most waterways with linkages to their.

Other names: sea-run cutthroat, harvest trout. Average size: 1-lbs, up to lbs. Of the subspecies of cutthroat trout indigenous to North America, only the coastal cutthroat is anadromous.

But coastal cutthroat have complex life histories, and not all fish are anadromous.

For just $2 you can register to embark on the challenge. Cutthroat Trout (Coastal) Oncorhynchus clarki clarki. Money raised will be used to help fund native cutthroat trout conservation projects across the state. Can you catch and release each of the four Utah cutthroat trout.

Learn about cutthroat trout and their biology, natural history and current status in the Province of Alberta. Native cutthroat trout , an iconic part of the mountain West, thrive in cold streams. These discoveries launched an aggressive conservation campaign that replicated those populations . Jim Gaither, The Nature Conservancy. Lahontan cutthroat trout spawning pair. Photo courtesy of Gerard Carmona Catot.

Salmonidae, as are rainbow trout, salmon, bull and brook charr, whitefish, and grayling. Although there is some debate as to the exact number of subspecies, all subspecies are native to western North America and inhabit clear, cold streams with naturally fluctuat- ing flows, low . For generations, anglers have fished the high mountain streams of the Rocky Mountain national forests hoping to get a bite from a cutthroat trout. There are four major subspecies that show considerable divergence from one other and they exhibit a . This group also includes chinook, chum, coho, sockeye and pink salmon as well as steelhead trout.

Some other trout varieties such as the bull, brook and lake trout are actually char. It strikes at flies, baits, and lures and is considered a good table fish.