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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
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Black Bullhead
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Blue Catfish
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Channel Catfish
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Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
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Goldfish
Grass Carp
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Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chub
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Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Rudd
Sacramento Perch
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Splake
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Yellowstone Cutthroat
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Yellowstone Cutthroat
Yellowstone cutthroat originally ranged upstream of Shoshone Falls on the Snake River and its tributaries west of the Continental Divide. East of the Continental Divide they called Yellowstone Lake, the Yellowstone River and its tributaries downstream to the Tongue River home. Today pure populations are limited to some headwaters streams and Yellowstone National Park.  These cutthroats’ habitat is relatively clear, cold streams, rivers, and lakes. Preferred temperatures are less than 60 degrees, but can tolerate temperatures approaching 80 degrees for short periods.
 
Large black spots concentrated just before the tail is a distinguishing feature of this golden colored cutthroat. As with other cutthroats, the red slashes on the lower jaw, distinguish them from their related cousin, rainbow trout.  Yellowstone’s tend to be a muted brownish to yellowish color (even silvery in some specimens); rarely sporting the brighter colors seen in the Colorado River Cutthroat.  This species has been documented to live over 10 years.  One of the larger cutthroat, it can exceed 24 inches in length and historical records suggest larger fish.
 
Yellowstone cutthroat trout spawn exclusively in flowing water. Lake populations require access to inlet or outlet streams for self-sustaining populations. Spawning takes place in the spring and early summer once spring runoff abates.   They select shallow gravelly areas with good current to spawn. 
 
Like other cutthroats, Yellowstone cutthroat feed primarily on aquatic and terrestrial insects, but are more prone to eat fish than other cutthroat species.

Yellowstone Cutthroat in Colorado

Yeelowstone cutthroat are limited to two water in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Most Recent Yellowstone Cutthroat Forum Posts
Yellowstone Cutthroat Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Ice Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park 12.17.15 by Tom McInerney
Blog: Skip the Dunkin Donuts 08.05.14 by Alan Peak
Blog: Rocky Mountain National Park Waters Added 05.17.14 by Tom McInerney
Blog: Boomerang Tool Co. Grip 11.07.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: DIY No Drill Removable Kayak Fish FInder 09.29.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Take Your Time 04.12.12 by Joshua Christensen
Blog: Spring (Rebirth) New podcasts coming Soon! 04.11.12 by Tim Emery
Blog: It's your fault! 02.21.12 by Tim Emery
Recent Colorado Yellowstone Cutthroat Photos by Fish Explorer Members
by MesaMan - by panfishin - first yellowstone cutty