Cutthroat

(Oncorhyncus clarkii)

The cutthroat trout occur as both anadromous fish (they live part of their life in the ocean) and as resident trout in lakes and streams. Both forms can be found in the Nooksack River and its tributaries, and resident cutthroats can be found in Lake Whatcom as well. The anadromous cutthroat spawn from January through July and the resident cutthroat spawn from January through June. All cutthroat prefer to spawn in small tributaries and rear in ponds, side channels and wetland areas.