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SNAKE RIVER CUTTHROAT SETS STATE RECORD
call this trout a lunker would be an understatement: 33 inches long, 17 pounds,
2.6 ounces. (click to enlarge photo)
That’s the size of the Snake River cutthroat trout caught Aug. 28, 2005, in the
Blue River by Rob Peckham, 48, of Oak Creek, CO. The fish set a state record for
The size of the fish was confirmed by Bill Atkinson, aquatic biologist for the
Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) in Steamboat Springs.
Peckham, who has been fishing all his life, caught the fish while floating the
river below Green Mountain Dam. He was using a rainbow-colored Rapala on
spin-casting gear. Peckham explained that he has fished that section several
times and had seen big trout there. Normally a fly fisherman, Peckham said he
switched to spinning gear because he didn’t think he’d be able to bring in a
giant trout on a fly rod.
“I knew there were big fish in there, but I was surprised when I caught one,”
Because the fish is not native to Colorado, the DOW has established Peckham’s
catch as the record for the Snake River cutthroat category. The DOW maintains a
separate category for native cutthroat species - Colorado River, Greenback and
The largest native cutthroat recorded in the state was a 16-pounder taken from
Twin Lakes in 1964. The exact species is not known; but it was caught before the
DOW started stocking the Snake River variety, said Robin Knox, the agency’s
sport fish coordinator.
The size of the fish gives evidence that the Blue River continues to be a
high-quality fishery, Knox said.