Colorado's Trout

Cutthroat Trout Cutthroat (Native) Trout - Cutthroat have a crimson slash on either side of the throat beneath the lower jaw. The greenback cutthroat trout sub-species (pictured) was designated as the official state fish of Colorado in 1994.

Brown Trout - The spotting pattern is made up of black spots and red-orange spots inside light blue circles. Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout - Identifying marks are black spots on a light body and a red stripe along the sides of the fish.

Brook Trout - The pectoral, pelvic, and anal fins are often orange, edged with black and white. The body is dark with white and red spots inside blue circles. Brook Trout

Kokanee Salmon Kokanee Salmon - At the end of their third summer, females develop a red-gray-white pattern while males develop a hook jaw and turn brick red.

Lake Trout (Mackinaw) - This fish has a white, irregular spot pattern on a dark body and veriform markings over the back and head. Unlike other trout, they have a deeply indented tail fin. Lake Trout

Mountain Whitefish Mountain Whitefish - Although not a trout, the mountain whitefish is a popular cold-water gamefish in Colorado. The mouth of the whitefish is smaller than that of a trout and does not extend back to below the center of the eye as it does on a trout.

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