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BigUnInDaBoat
04-10-2019, 04:02 PM
Caught this trout today, in a lake that I've never heard of Cutthroats inhabiting, how ever this fish had very deep red slash marks under the jaw, Could it of been a cutthroat? Some of the male rainbows were colored up, but not like this guy.

Cutty? Or Hybrid?

All CnR

Lake in the Sierras, these fish are just post spawn, and vulnerable so don't ask.

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Jeff213
04-10-2019, 04:08 PM
Looks like an LCT to me. Interesting.

Jetspray
04-10-2019, 04:25 PM
It is probably a BowCutt, caught a few of them in Topaz lately...….Jetspray


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fishwrong2
04-10-2019, 04:50 PM
Nice male Rainbow if you ask me. Very common for the red slash under the jaw on rainbows. A good percentage of rainbows in the Sac near Redding have the same markings. Rainbows and cutthroat are such close cousins there are lots of crossed branches in the family tree.

My 2 cents anyway.

CAL.NDN
04-10-2019, 04:54 PM
Looks like a spawn mode rainbow to me big but does resemble a cutbow like this one. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/7b3fa17661d9679d0903db6d4ac39622.jpg

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BigUnInDaBoat
04-10-2019, 05:32 PM
well we caught a bunch of colored up male rainbows, none had deep red slash marks under the gills?

CAL.NDN
04-10-2019, 05:44 PM
I've caught some that dark up in ice house before that dark. But today you never know.

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Fish-on
04-10-2019, 08:02 PM
So what lake, which side, and what were you using to catch the monster??? Haha just kidding

Snowtrout
04-11-2019, 07:51 AM
Beautiful fish!!

Looks like a rainbow in post-spawning colors to me. Caught a few like this around CA and up in Canada. Fish can get very dark when they are in spawning mode. Meat isn't as good as a bright fish though.

The pics Jetspray linked, the rainbows with orange on the jaw line, I have seen many times around the Central Sierra. One thought, from a CDFW Warden, is that they might have some golden trout genetics in them. Some goldens do have that trait and rainbows and goldens can/do cross breed.

tomaniacal
04-13-2019, 12:09 PM
I'm voting cut-bow. On a straight cutthroat the color is usually a little lighter and the spots are fewer and farther apart. Cuttys and Bows are known to easily hybridize.