Coastal Cutthroat Trout

Photo Credit: Doug Markle, Oregon State University


  • Species Common Name Coastal Cutthroat Trout
  • Species Scientific Name Oncorhynchus clarki clarki
  • Federal Listing Status Species Of Concern
  • State Listing Status Sensitive
  • SMU/ESU/DPS/Subspecies Lower Columbia SMU


Special needs

Large woody debris, in-stream structures, and vegetation important for protection while in freshwater. Juveniles prefer side channels, backwaters, or pools for rearing. Clean gravel for spawning and rearing. Migratory corridors.

Limiting factors

Habitat fragmentation or actions that increase population isolation. Water quality. Alterations of hydrology and watershed function. Loss of estuarine habitat for rearing. Ocean productivity.

Conservation actions

Maintain or restore aquatic, estuarine, and riparian habitat, providing suitable water quality and habitat complexity. Continue ongoing restoration efforts involving landowners, tribes, and agency partners (NOAA, NMFS, ODFW, OWEB). Reduce localized impacts where populations could become increasingly fragmented.

Key reference or plan

Oregon Native Fish Status Report, 2005