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Lake: Rampart Reservoir

Fish I.D.

Post By: mxtsinclair      Posted: 11/23/2019 2:30:42 PM     Points: 172    
Just going through some photos from a few months ago and couldnít figure out what kind of fish this is. Caught at Rampart while trolling. My guess was a cutthroat but I donít remember seeing the red along the jaw or gill plate, also the pattern along the top I found pretty cool. What do you guys think?
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 11/23/2019 2:45:50 PM     Points: 2355    
Rainbow with a really cool back pattern! (Then again, it could also be a cutbow.) Neat fish either way. Thanks for sharing. Ski
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/23/2019 4:20:28 PM     Points: 14121    
Cutthroat maybe. Kool fish for sure
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 11/23/2019 6:32:57 PM     Points: 38451    
Im thinking cuttie.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 11/23/2019 8:06:32 PM     Points: 30411    
Looks like a healthy rainbow to me.
 Reply by: jake3008      Posted: 11/23/2019 9:03:28 PM     Points: 110    
Snake river cutthroat
 Reply by: jibber      Posted: 11/24/2019 7:00:35 AM     Points: 16405    
I vote Cutbow. So many spots.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 11/24/2019 12:13:14 PM     Points: 5238    
Snake river cutty
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 11/24/2019 12:18:10 PM     Points: 16732    
I would say a cutbow. The Cutthroat gene in it was the more dominant one so it looks a little more like a cutthroat. Sometimes one side of the gene can be more dominant than the other like in splake or saugeye.
 Reply by: outdoorsman7000      Posted: 11/25/2019 1:01:15 PM     Points: 10    
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 11/25/2019 2:19:29 PM     Points: 30411    
Are you guys seeing something I am not? No orange on what parts of the underside are visible, cant see any fin tips to see if they have a white spot...

What leads you to think its a cut of any type?
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/25/2019 4:36:56 PM     Points: 59793    
1) Brook
2) brown
3) tiger
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/25/2019 4:38:13 PM     Points: 59793    
4) snake river
5) greenback
6) rainbow

I'd venture to say you got a rainbow
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 11/25/2019 5:33:26 PM     Points: 64377    
I vote rainbow
 Reply by: mxtsinclair      Posted: 11/25/2019 6:25:31 PM     Points: 172    
I wish I would have taken more pics but i'm a catch and release guy and try to get them back as soon as possible.

Maybe ill catch her again and take more haha, not hard to miss with the stripe pattern on top.
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 11/26/2019 8:35:54 PM     Points: 166    
Cutthroat...or some cutt gene, because it has very fine speckled spots and slightly yellow cheek plate.
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 11/26/2019 8:45:32 PM     Points: 1449    
Another for rainbow cool fish whatever it is
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 11/27/2019 9:10:33 AM     Points: 1326    
Where's Fish Seal? Lol
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 11/27/2019 9:49:40 AM     Points: 2757    
^^^ I'm here and watching. :) Enjoying the thoughts and insights of the other members.

 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 11/27/2019 10:06:06 PM     Points: 30411    
I donít know there are many more guesses to make!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 11/28/2019 6:23:33 AM     Points: 1326    
No insight to share with the rest of us, FS? Lol
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 11/28/2019 8:23:48 AM     Points: 2757    

There isn't really anything that I can add. Putting all the pieces together from a few of the posts you actually can find your answer.
Thankfully this is a live fish (not preserved) because color does play a role and is supported by the spots.
First, color. It could be the camera angle, reflection from something else in the boat, but the background coloration of the fish appears to be yellowish green. This is more typical of cutthroats and not rainbows. Rainbows typically have a silver white background.
Second, spots. The fish has lots of fine spots concentrating slightly toward the tail, typical of cutthroats. Rainbows have bolder spots that are evenly spread over the body.
Third, stocking. Rampart doesn't have any native cutties. Rainbows were stocked before whirling disease and cutbows thereafter.
Fourth, genetics. As it has been mentioned, if it is a cutbow, the parental strains can be exhibited and isn't going to be a 50/50 expression of the alleles.

So, most likely (90% certain) that it is a cutbow that is exhibiting more cutthroat like characteristics.

Well, that was an expensive 2 cents. :)

 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 11/28/2019 9:39:10 AM     Points: 30411    
Guess I stand corrected!

Sure is nice to have an expert around here that knows those details.

Thanks for enlightening us
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 11/28/2019 1:31:23 PM     Points: 1326    
Exactly, Ajax! Which is why I was reading this thread going "Where in the world is Carmen... I mean Fish Seal?" Lol
So thank you very much for the insight, FS.... I was convinced that it was a snake river cutt
 Reply by: Fishboi3921      Posted: 12/4/2019 5:56:16 PM     Points: 105    
I'm thinking cutbow, or a rainbow with heavy spots. Very interesting back pattern, though.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 12/4/2019 6:36:23 PM     Points: 16732    
Already been answered fishboi. I did good FS? haha
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 12/4/2019 7:08:19 PM     Points: 68    
Is this a Dockers commercial?
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 12/5/2019 10:12:11 AM     Points: 2757    

You did great! Keep it up, always something new to learn.

 Reply by: Gapers      Posted: 12/5/2019 5:44:41 PM     Points: 0    
Iím going with splake.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 12/5/2019 8:00:29 PM     Points: 59793    
Sean... since you're ONLY 90% sure.. I'm sticking with rainbow! lol Always nice to have your input, it's much appreciated

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