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Fish: Rainbow Trout

How many people have caught this fish?

Post By: Mattastrophy      Posted: 7/21/2021 12:30:17 PM     Points: 1658    
Went fishing with my brother in a small shallow creek and found a hole and cast into it.

BAM!!!!

He peeled the drag and gave me a fight.

when I net him and went to remove the hook I realized this guy liked to play with fishermen.

I have never seen so much scar tissue on a fish jaw before.

Let me know if you have caught this guy before. I bet you would recognize him from the photo! LOL

Someone also mentioned to me that this may be a Snake River Cutthroat. As I have never caught one before (or didn't know it) can any of you fine people educate me once more on identification?

Thanks ...
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jul. 21, 1:11:52 PM     Points: 733    
No idea on location, but not a Snake (imo). Just a colorful bow/cutbow
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: Jul. 21, 1:24:55 PM     Points: 42    
I have caught a number of Snake River cutts. The characteristic gold coloration and uniform spread of spots tells me this is the primary species however, the small size of the spots and the red around the gill covers would lead me to believe there maybe a fair amount of native cutthroat in this specific fish. So, I'd say it's a Snake River Cutthroat with a some native cutt genes.

In CA there are some back country lakes that had golden trout. I have never caught one, but maybe there could be some of that in this fish, too. Never heard of any in CO though. But there sure is a lot of gold coloration in your fish.
 Reply by: Fishneveryweek      Posted: Jul. 21, 1:28:48 PM     Points: 42    
On a second look at your picture, a lot of that gold may be the sun angle of the photo, since there is gold coloration in both your face and the rocks in the background.
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: Jul. 21, 3:36:40 PM     Points: 614    
This one was identified as a Snake River buy Discount Tackle. Did not see any red slash in the jawline on my fish.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jul. 22, 7:33:22 AM     Points: 89    
I've released several world records but not this guy. On the thing.......
 Reply by: Mattastrophy      Posted: Jul. 22, 9:26:22 AM     Points: 1658    
About the fish's ID. There are a few reasons I am pushing for ID confirmation:

1) If it is a Snake River Cutthroat then it will be my first.

2) If it is a Snake River Cutthroat then it will be a Master Angler Qualifying size.

3) If it is a Cutbow then it will be my Personal Best and Master Angler Qualifying size.

4) If it is a Rainbow then it will be just an awesome fish.

Thank you to all who have and will assist me in proper identification.
 Reply by: Elrod      Posted: Jul. 22, 4:24:59 PM     Points: 100    
Because of the huge amount of "spots" on it, looks like a Snake River Cut to me.
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: Jul. 22, 5:03:13 PM     Points: 77    
I would say Cutbow but not certain. I caught a lot of similar looking fish this Spring. The multitude of little dots running throughout the side of the fish seems a little off of a cutthroat. I can't tell from the pic, because sometimes it can be pretty feint but, did it have white tips at all on it's fins? Either way, great fish and hope someone can confirm it for you for sure😃🎣
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: Jul. 23, 5:20:04 AM     Points: 614    
Released mine back into the Ohman lake. Im from the eastcoast (moved here in 98) and I really only like to eat walleye.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Jul. 23, 9:40:07 AM     Points: 6154    
Nice fish!

Almost all rainbows in this state are stocked (including yours, just look at that stubby dorsal fin), and almost all of them have at least some cutthroat genetics in them. I'm not sure if it's possible to find a "pure" rainbow in Colorado.

So your fish is a hatchery mutt. I'd call it a "rainbow", but it probably has a cutthroat in its family tree somewhere. If you'd have flared out the throat under the jaw you'd have likely seen some bit of a red/orange/yellow slash. The fins sort of look like a cutthroats'. But the spotting pattern is way too even for a cutthroat, and the pink stripe is super obvious. Color doesn't mean much. You could claim it either way, because no one seems to really care about where the line is between a cutbow and a rainbow.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Jul. 23, 9:57:36 AM     Points: 6154    
Fisherman79, yours is not a "snake river", especially if it came from Ohman lake. I'm surprised but not surprised that Discount messed up that ID so bad. It looks nothing like a "snake river" cutthroat.

That's (probably) a Colorado river cutthroat (O. clarkii pleuriticus), and a dang nice one at that.

And this whole conversation becomes more confusing when you realize that "snake river cutthroat" aren't even their own subspecies, but rather just a color morph of Yellowstone cutthroat (O. clarkii bouvieri)! That's why common names are useless!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jul. 23, 11:04:57 AM     Points: 6363    
I would say cutbow also but nice fish either way.
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: Jul. 23, 12:00:19 PM     Points: 614    
Well whatever it was cpw gave me a MA award for snake river. I sent the pic in as well. Smh. I will take it lol. Didnt even know about the MA program until discount told me. It was identified by the old fly guys that work there. They briefly said cutbow has the slash under the jaw and cutthroat did not. These are the hardest fish for me to id.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Jul. 23, 1:02:29 PM     Points: 733    
^^ that is definitely not true...
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: Jul. 24, 5:19:54 AM     Points: 614    
Thats what discount told me.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Jul. 24, 6:33:44 PM     Points: 3106    
OP pic (nice fish!) is definitely a Rainbow or Cutbow. Pink stripe down the middle is a dead giveaway. My attached pic is a Snake Cutty, note no lateral stripe and the unmistakeable gill slash of red.

Fisherman79, the REASON they're called Cutthroats in the first place is the red/orange slash under the gill plate. Looks like their throat has been cut... *wink* Rainbows don't have the slash. Most of the guys working at Discount just aren't that knowledgeable, unfortunately.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: Jul. 24, 7:24:41 PM     Points: 25806    
Just an FYI guys. FishSeal isnít the only resident expert on fish ID. That we have here . Brookieflyfisher also has some ď legitimate credentials ď when it comes to this. He can be taken at his word about what kind of fish it is. Not sure how many guys at discount have a degree in this ( brookie does ). And I donít think itís a real major concern for the CPW guy mailing out piece of paper with the title Master Angler printed on them.( Its big enough . Looks close enough to not be worth disputing . So send it. No harm, No foul ) They would take a lot harder look if it were a State Record submission.
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: Jul. 25, 7:14:37 AM     Points: 614    
Ya know. When I go golfing with friends they always try to teach me to get better and I appreciate it. But mostly I golf to have fun. Same for when Im fishing. Thanks for the info.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Jul. 27, 10:53:08 AM     Points: 6154    
Haha, sorry for really doggin' on you fisherman79! we're just jealous of that freakin' monster!

Yours is a nice fish regardless, no need to feel any kind of shame about showing off! You should know that snake river cutthroat routinely get as big as the one you caught, while colorado river cutthroat are a much smaller subspecies and almost never get as big as the one you caught. Your fish is made more impressive by a correct ID, and that's partially why we're excited to tell you about it.

Colorado recently started a state record by length program, find another one of those and you'd probably hold the "Native Cutthroat" record for a long time!!!
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: Jul. 27, 1:32:15 PM     Points: 457    
Wait, someone said a cutthroat doesn't have slashes under it's jaw? What?!?!
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Jul. 27, 4:39:48 PM     Points: 3106    
^^^Right? Lol... 😂🤣😂
 Reply by: Fisherman79      Posted: Jul. 28, 5:04:01 AM     Points: 614    
Sounds like I need to go to sportsmans next time for fish id lmao.
 Reply by: River_FlyFisher      Posted: Jul. 28, 1:03:49 PM     Points: 3106    
LOL! Nah, just post it here and you'll get MUCH better info! 👍🏻


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