Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout, like rainbow trout, also have an anadromous (or ocean migrating) form. also called Sea-Run cutthroat.

Oncorhynchus clarki

Identification Characteristics:

  • Head blunt, jaw long - extends past eye
  • Small black spots on head & body extending well below lateral line, and on all fins
  • Red to yellow streaks on underside of jaw
  • Faint to no red on sides of spawning fish
  • Length up to 30 inches

Cutthroat trout are a favorite catch of fishers. Also, cutthroat are often present in the same streams that Pacific Salmon use for spawning. Many people confuse cutthroat with other salmon species.

Photos from Inland Fishes of Washington by Whitney and Wydoski, © 1979 University of Washington Press. Reprinted by permission of the University of Washington Press.