Fish ID?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Cedar, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. This fish is from a steam/lake on the east slope of the Cascades. The lake is at about 7000'. I was thinking that it was a Westslope Cutthroat but as I got to thinking about it the spots dip too far below the lateral line and I think they are too big. I also can't remember ever coming across an adult Westslope with parr marks. photo.JPG
  2. Shoulda cropped out the treble hook. People are gonna give you hell
  3. Never said I was the one that caught it. A buddy caught it. I'm going backpacking this weekend to fish the stream that he pulled this one out of.
  4. That's one pretty fish man good luck On your trip
  5. Think Golden.
  6. I vote for Twin Lakes cutthroat aka the westslope
  7. mountain cutthroat trout
  8. Interesting photo. The cutthroat would appear to be in its spawning coloration, definitely odd at this time of the year since cutthroat are spring spawners. Perhaps the elevation of the lake and subsequent low temperatures have pushed the spawning season into summer.

    To me the spotting pattern appears to be typical of a westslope cutthroat with its "arc-shaped area from anal fin to pectoral usually without spots." Behnke also notes that "Some populations of westslope cutthroat have spots much larger than those of typical westslope populations. The John Day River drainage of Oregon and some eastern-slope streams of the Cascade Range in Washington contain westslope cutthroat trout with larger spots that are comparable to the size and shape of spots on typical Yellowstone cutthroat trout."

    As to parr marks; they are usually prominent in juvenile fish but are reduced or absent in adults.
  9. Friends don't let Friends fish Treble Hooks.....
    mwdehaan and Cedar like this.
  10. west slope cutthroat via WDFW's Twin Lake brood stock.

    Preston -
    Spring comes pretty late at 7,000 feet; especially with this year's snow pack - those alpine lake cutthroat (and rainbows) spawn after ice off - their spring.

  11. Interesting....The coloration is part of what threw me off. I never considered how late sprig occurs at 7000'. The pic is from late July so I guess that is feasible. Either way I'm leaving tomorrow morning to go play in the mountains for a while.

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