Colorado River Cutthroat in southern Utah? What? The Colorado River Cutthroat historically occupied most cool water habitats of the Colorado River watersheds in Colorado, southern Wyoming, eastern Utah, extreme northwestern New Mexico and northeastern Arizona. Currently, however, Colorado River Cutthroat trout occupy approximately 16 percent of its historic range, primarily in isolated, small head-water streams.
The streams and lakes of southern Utah are now home to reintroduced CRC and they are doing well. Fremont River Guides notoriously stereotype them as hefty and they fight more like a brook trout rather than other less aggressive cutthroat. Unquestionably the most colorful trout in the country, during the spawn you might think they were bleeding profusely due to their lower half being completely red.
If you wish to check this one off your bucket list, fly fishing Utah’s Boulder Mountains is a great option. Our guides often land good numbers of CRC in the 2-4 pound range with fish even bigger each season. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by and call us for an incredible guided trip for beautiful Colorado River Cutthroat.