‘ Interesting Snippets from History The Cut-Throat Trout ‘

AceHistoryNews – July 05 – The cut-throat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) 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. Cutthroat trout are popular game-fish, especially among anglers who enjoy fly fishing. The common name "cut-throat" refers to the distinctive red coloration on the underside of the lower jaw.

​The specific name clarki was given to honour explorer William Clark, coleader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.


Cut-throat trout usually inhabit and spawn in small to moderately large, clear, well-oxygenated, shallow rivers with gravel bottoms. They also reproduce in clear, cold, moderately deep lakes. They are native to the alluvial or freestone streams that are typical tributaries of the Pacific basin, Great Basin and Rocky Mountains.

Cut-throat trout spawn in the spring and may inadvertently but naturally hybridize with rainbow trout, producing fertile cutbows.

Several subspecies of cut-throat trout are currently listed as threatened due to habitat loss and the introduction of non-native species.

The cut-throat trout type species and several subspecies are the official state fish of seven western U.S. states.

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