Here is a female mountain cutthroat that was shocked during a fish census in 2015 from the Teton River that I’m guessing about 22” to 24” and 7#, maybe 8#. Elevation is 6,200’. The fish was implanted with a transmitter capsule. This particular day, we measured fish from three boats, all day.
Snake river cutts are native to Teton, correct? That is a good cuttie even for low elevation - doesn't look 7#, more like 4-5. I have caught non-natives about that size on the South Platte and Uncompahgre. Something special about catching them in their native territory though. Nice mama.
Jeff, here is a big male cutt caught 26 July out of the Snake when it passes through the res. at Fort Hall. Looks like a Teton cutthroat. The Teton flows in to the snake somewhere around Idaho Falls. He told me how much it weighed but I forgot, and I bet you can guess within a pound. Got it on a streamer and released it. Next time you go on another fishing tour, grab slim and we’ll run over to Fort Hall and fish in the Snake. It’s very braided in the res. they recommend a guide. Got to buy a trespass permit at the res. office in Fort Hall.
That’s insane! Sad the fish died, shocked by such a big cutty.
The hospital box is designed to help revive and keep them alive. I'm sure that after a fight on that ultralite both the trout and fisherman were exhausted. Would have been a nice breeding fish.
Im wondering if the fish died from the fight or because it was likely gut hooked? Sad thing about fishing real salmon eggs like that is fish usually inhale them. Also wonder if the guy was chumming? Pretty common practice around there to chum with salmon eggs. Great fish for sure but some of the bait fishing tactics that are allowed over there are questionable.