Cut Throat

Oncorhynchus clarkii

    Cutthroat trout like cold, clear, well-oxygenated, shallow rivers with gravel bottoms or cold, moderately deep lakes. Mostly in northwestern US. They are also found in saltwater estuaries in the pacific northwest.

   in fresh water, they eat the same diet as stream trout—aquatic insects and crustaceans, amphibians, earthworms, small fish and fish eggs. In saltwater they eat small fish, squid, and crustaceans, like shrimp and crabs.

   Coastal cutthroat trout can reach sizes in excess of 24 inches about 5 lbs. They aslo crossbreed with rainbow trout. They get up to about 40 lbs. But the average is much smaller.


  • Use flies or lures that imitate the insects of the time of year

  • Cast upstream

  • Fish shallow in winter/deeper in summer

  • They ambush their prey, look for ambush spots they might hide and wait for something to come by

  • Don't get frustrated, they are tricky