• Native only in North America (northern California to south-central Alaska).

  • Apparent reduced abundance across their range.

  • As a non-commercial species, Coastal Cutthroat Trout receive very little attention from scientists and managers.

  • Mandated recovery efforts for other fish species leave few resources for the study of this unique, wild and native trout.

  • Sea-Run Cutthroat recreational fishing in Washington State alone represents over 20,000 angler trips and approx. 1.1 million dollars in economic value per year.

Here's What We Know:

Recent work by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife staff & volunteers has improved understanding of the spawn timing, redd identification and marine distribution of Coastal Cutthroat Trout in the South Puget Sound, but there is still more work to be done.

Here's the Next Step:

   Your help is needed to reach the following goals:

  • Produce the first redd*-to-fish conversion for  Coastal Cutthroat Trout.

  • Apply redd conversion to historic redd count data in South Puget Sound.

  • Describe differential spawn timing of Coastal   Cutthroat Trout by age, sex, size and time.

  • Expand stock assessment efforts beyond South  Puget Sound with volunteer training.

  • Promote national awareness of this unique, wild, native trout.

The information gathered from this project will also help biologists define annual abundance, evaluate management plans, ensure the long term stability of the Coastal Cutthroat Trout population throughout the Northwest, and maintain sustainable fishing opportunity.

photograph by Richard Malzahn

* A redd is a spawning nest that is built by salmon and steelhead in the gravel of streams or the shoreline of lakes.  Click HERE for more information.