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What kind of trout is this?

Post By: A$AP51      Posted: 6/13/2017 11:09:44 PM     Points: 63    
Went out yesterday for a few hours and caught my limit plus many more that I released, however I caught one trout that looked very different from the regular rainbows and cutbows i had been catching all day! Does anyone know what kind of trout this is?
 Reply by: Coloradowickedicefisha      Posted: 6/13/2017 11:19:15 PM     Points: 0
 Reply by: A$AP51      Posted: 6/13/2017 11:23:47 PM     Points: 63
Thought so but wasn't sure, thanks brotha!
 Reply by: Mr. Fly Fisherman      Posted: 6/13/2017 11:34:28 PM     Points: 157
To be more specific it's a snake river cutthroat
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 6/14/2017 6:24:25 AM     Points: 2180
Poor snak river cutthroat
 Reply by: CACHEM ALL      Posted: 6/14/2017 7:47:46 AM     Points: 204
Nice trout.
 Reply by: Vanish      Posted: 6/14/2017 8:03:47 AM     Points: 668
I agree that its a Snake River Cutthroat - yellowish hue, lots of small spots
 Reply by: wildtrouter      Posted: 6/14/2017 9:03:15 AM     Points: 150
I'm no expert.....and since I don't keep any of the fish I catch I'm curious....aren't you supposed to stop fishing for the day once you catch and keep your limit?? Just curious as I have heard it from others.
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 6/14/2017 9:52:04 AM     Points: 206
This is not to criticize but you might want to brush up a little on your fish identification. Check out the trout available in Colorado and then look them up on the internet to get familiar with them. The only reason I say this is if that had been a Greenback Cutthroat and you had kept it plus posted it on this website or perhaps were checked on the way out it could have been a problem. Nothing wrong with what you did as far as I am concerned just throwing it out there.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/14/2017 9:55:17 AM     Points: 34970
Wild, I will venture a guess that it was not your intention to accuse, or start yet another C&R debate.

He did not say that he caught his limit and then continued fishing, he very well could have caught and released a bunch of fish while working towards his limit.

While the regs read that a fish which is not released immediately counts towards your bag limit... take a look at how people cull fish out in a tournament. Even to the point of multiple companies making "cull markers" to aid in the process or sorting fish out of a live well.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 6/14/2017 10:19:59 AM     Points: 3900
And no, the rules in Colorado do not state that once you hit your limit you need to stop fishing. Now, should you? That is an ethical debate that should be on another thread.

A$AP51, nice fish and congrats on a great day! While there are very few instances that a trout limit is not in aggregate, it is probably a good idea to have a positive ID before keeping a fish. With all the varieties that CPW stocks I know it can sometimes be difficult (cutbow vs rainbow for example).

But again, sounds like an awesome day of fishing!
 Reply by: Vanish      Posted: 6/14/2017 12:07:43 PM     Points: 668
Abel1 - "The only reason I say this is if that had been a Greenback Cutthroat and you had kept it plus posted it on this website or perhaps were checked on the way out it could have been a problem. "

There's no regs that would mean keeping a greenback was trouble except where specifically posted.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/14/2017 12:35:13 PM     Points: 34970
Not that I disagree on the point that people should brush up on their fish identification, myself included at times...

But, unless he caught that fish through the ice, it makes no difference on his bag limit or legality....

1. Ice fishing prohibited

Had he been on a different body of water, that regulation may be different.

 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 6/14/2017 12:42:42 PM     Points: 9002
well this was a lot more civil than this type of thread has gone in the past...sounds like an awesome day of fishing! I would agree with everyone's fish ID as well.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 6/14/2017 2:09:37 PM     Points: 3900
Ajax5240, agreed, that was what I was trying to say in my post, for most waters a trout is a trout is a trout. It doesn't matter if it is a cutthroat, cutbow, one of the variety of rainbows, or a brown.
 Reply by: A$AP51      Posted: 6/14/2017 2:31:49 PM     Points: 63
Thanks for all the input fellas! Appreciate it!
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 6/14/2017 2:32:48 PM     Points: 206
And I too Vanish need to brush up on the regs because I know the Greenback are protected but not to what degree. Good point!
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/14/2017 3:00:09 PM     Points: 34970
Abel, I typically pull up the CPW fishing regs online and use the search feature "control + F" and type in the keyword.

There are many waters listed in the special regs section where they must be returned to the water immediately. If the body of water does not have specific regs regarding cut throats (or any species for that matter) the statewide bag and possession limits apply.

Believe me, I don't have all this stuff committed to memory. Just to be safe, I always have a recent copy of the regs in the boat, truck, and tackle box. It has gotten me out of a few jams when I had to reference it for a ranger that was mis-informed (politely of course)
 Reply by: tarifisher      Posted: 6/14/2017 4:20:09 PM     Points: 51
!!! HEY Wild trouter!!! Let's say you catch your limit in 15 min. Would you stop fishing, REALLY ?
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: 6/14/2017 8:40:51 PM     Points: 206
Thanks Ajax! I'll try that going forward.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 6/14/2017 9:10:47 PM     Points: 71043
A$AP51 - nice fish

tarifisher - if I kept fish I would stop.. until this thread I believed anything caught after reaching your limit could be construed as exceeding your limit if a game warden walked up on you with a fish on the line. While you may not get ticketed, I do promise they will ask you why you're still fishing when you have your limit. Although I don't use bait and the chances would be small, I wouldn't want to be in a position where I caught and killed a fish after already having my limit. At this point, that's a personal thing not necessarily a legal or ethical thing.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 6/14/2017 11:01:29 PM     Points: 515
Nice catch. Personally if Im keeping fish and don't know what type of fish I've caught I toss them back. Take a picture and research later. Especially here. We have a great catalogue for fish species via the top of the forum. It's exactly what I do when my son catches a new species too. I've played around with some apps but usually those seem to be a hassle on site. (If anyone has any recommendations on one let me know) but have no shame in asking. We all need to at one point.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/15/2017 12:00:08 AM     Points: 34970
Bubba, stop in anywhere they sell fishing licenses and grab a few free copies of the regs booklet. It has color pics of every species found in CO.

 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 6/15/2017 1:54:21 AM     Points: 515
Ajax- I have one of those here at the house. I'm looking for something digital that I can use on my phone and easy to pocket. I usually end up hiking around lakes and rivers. It will just get torn up. I guess I could keep one in the car though. It's also something more so for my son. I'm trying to have him learn to look up the fish himself instead of just asking me even though he has been doing a good job learning on his own. I just see a digital copy being easy for one off situations like op was having.
 Reply by: wildtrouter      Posted: 6/15/2017 9:59:42 AM     Points: 150
tarifisher - though it would never be an issue (I honestly detest the taste of fish.....) I'll only keep one for my wife and kids when we're camping, and I only would keep from a lake I know I can.

From my understanding of the law and after speaking with some DOW folks.....if you are fishing after you've either caught or culled your limit you're done. If the limit is four and you have four on your fish for a bit longer and catch that fifth that gobbled your lure, worm, fly......whatever you use, and it can't be revived. You've just broken the law and it seems logical to me.
 Reply by: bardkin      Posted: 6/15/2017 11:12:40 AM     Points: 3907 limits and bag possession -
If you have your limit of trout and you are fishing, it doesn't mean that you will catch a trout unless that's all there is to catch in the water your fishing. besides, in a multi-species area, you can't be 100% sure what will hit your bait, even if its chicken liver on the bottom.

For instance- If I was fishing Carter, and filled up on walleye, then had a bass or two and then was still fishing then maybe I want some bluegills or rainbows as well. as long as I haven't gone over my limit on any one species then why shouldn't I continue to fish?

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