Cutthroat Trout


  • Learn about native trout and where to find them

    Two species of Idaho fish are the subject of a fascinating series by the Western Native Trout Initiative, a private/public collaboration that partners to conserve native trout and their habitat in the West.

  • Priest Lake Kokanee Anglers Can Expect Status Quo

    Priest Lake anglers can expect Kokanee fishing to be similar to what they found last year. Idaho Fish and Game Kokanee monitoring efforts suggest Kokanee numbers remain low, but the fish that are caught should be good sized (likely 14-16"). Although a small increase in Kokanee abundance was observed between 2011 and 2013 in Priest Lake, the upward trend hasn't continued in recent years.

  • Lake Pend Oreille "State of the Lake" Public Meeting

    The Lake Pend Oreille "State of the Lake" public meeting is held annually.  This year the meeting is set for Thursday, March 30th.  Idaho Fish and Game staff will give a presentation summarizing fisheries information and activities related to the Lake Pend Oreille fishery from the past year. Time will be provided afterwards for question and answer.  Anyone interested in the Lake Pend Oreille fishery is encouraged to attend.  We hope to see you there.

    Meeting details are as follows:

    WHEN: Thursday, March 30th, 2017 from 6-8pm

  • Henrys Lake Spawning Update

    The Henrys Lake trap continues to be an active place. To date, we've trapped 1,622 Yellowstone Cutthroat. Due to crowding, we've shut off additional fish until we reduce numbers in the spawn shed. We'll initiate our fish spawn take on Friday, February, 17th. On that date, we'll be crossing our Henrys female Cutthroat with male Rainbow Gerrard milt to produce the Henrys Lake hybrids. You're welcome to watch. We'll start about 5 p.m. and will be working until about 10 p.m. If you have questions, please call 208.790.6298.

  • Backpack electrofishing

    An opportunity to help Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Populations in Rainey Creek

    Cutthroat run sizes in Rainey Creek continue to lag behind spawning runs in the other tributaries despite the fact that Rainey Creek is the South Fork Snake River’s largest tributary by drainage area.  In 2016, 19 Cutthroat were captured at the Rainey Creek weir while runs at the other three main tributaries ranged from 958 to 3,240 trout.  As such, there is much room for improvement to recover fluvial Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout in this important spawning tributary.

  • Screen tender, Gary Funk, maintains a fish screen in the Pahsimeroi Valley.

    Keeping fish out of fields

    The snow is starting to fall in the Upper Salmon Basin marking the end of another irrigation season for the fish screen shop and our partners in agriculture.  This summer 265 fish screens scattered across the Salmon River basin kept hundreds of thousands of fish from being diverted into irrigation ditches and farm fields.

  • Boat ramp section

Cutthroat Trout

Oncorhynchus clarkii

IDAPA Classification: Game Fish
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