Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi)
Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND
- States/US Territories in which the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: California , Nevada , Oregon , Utah
- US Counties in which the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- USFWS Refuges in which the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Wherever found is known to occur:
Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
- Countries in which the the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Wherever found is known to occur: United States
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|10/13/1970||California/Nevada Region (Region 8)||Wherever found|
» Federal Register Documents
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|01/30/1995||Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi) Recovery Plan||View Implementation Progress||Final|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|02/14/2007||72 FR 7064 7084||Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 58 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada||
|04/01/2013||78 FR 19510 19514||Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 56 Species in California and Nevada; request for information||
|05/21/2010||75 FR 28636 28642||Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 34 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of 96 Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada||
|03/30/2009||Lahontan Cutthroat Trout 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Lahontan cutthroat trout.
» Conservation Plans
|SHA Plan Summaries|
|Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Humboldt DPS|
|Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Northwest DPS|
|ODFW Lahontan cutthroat trout SHA|
|CCA Plan Summaries|
|Spring Mountains National Recreation Area|
» Life History
Specific habitat requirements for cutthroat trout are described in Hickman and Raleigh (1982, pp. 3-7) and summarized below. Optimal stream habitat is characterized by clear, cold water with silt-free substrate and a 1:1 pool-riffle ratio. Streams should have a variety of habitats including areas with slow deep water, abundant instream cover (i.e., large woody debris, boulders, undercut banks), and relatively stable streamflow and temperature regimes. Streambanks should be well vegetated to provide cover, shade, and bank stabilization. Lacustrine LCT populations have adapted to a wide variety of lake habitats from oligotrophic (with low nutrient levels and primary productivity) alpine lakes (e.g., Independence Lake) to large, productive desert terminal lakes (e.g., Pyramid Lake). Unlike most freshwater fish species, LCT have been reported to tolerate alkalinity and total dissolved solid levels as high as 3,000 milligrams/liter (mg/L) (3,000 parts per million (ppm)) and 10,000 mg/L (10,000 ppm), respectively (Dickerson and Vinyard 1999a, pp. 510-514).
Stream-resident LCT are opportunistic feeders, with diets consisting of drift organisms, typically terrestrial and aquatic insects (Moyle 2002, p. 290; Dunham et al. 2000, p. 308). Recent literature has documented the importance of terrestrial insects in the diet of stream salmonids (Baxter et al. 2005, pp. 201-214). In lakes, small LCT feed largely on insects and zooplankton (Calhoun 1942, pp. 197-199; McAfee 1966, p. 228; Lea 1968, pp. 59-63), and larger LCT become piscivorous. In Pyramid Lake, fish enter the diet when LCT reach 200 mm (7.9 in) in length, comprise over 50 percent of the diet at 300 mm (11.8 in), and represent almost 100 percent of the diet when LCT are over 500 mm (19.7 in) (Sigler et al. 1983, p. 16).
Lahontan cutthroat trout inhabit lakes and streams, but are obligatory stream spawners. Distance traveled to spawning sites varies with stream size and strain of LCT (strain refers to locally adapted populations in a particular area or environment). Populations in Pyramid and Winnemucca Lakes migrated as far as 160 kilometers (km) (100 miles (mi)) up the Truckee River into Lake Tahoe and its tributary streams (Sumner 1940, p. 217; Peacock and Kirchoff 2007, pp. 74-75). Small, intermittent, tributary streams and headwater reaches are sometimes used as spawning sites (Coffin 1981, p. 31). Spawning generally occurs from April through July, depending upon stream flow, elevation, and water temperature (McAfee 1966, p. 227; Lea 1968, pp. 68-69; Moyle 2002, p. 291; Rissler et al. 2006, pp. 13-15). LCT in fluvial environments generally become sexually mature around year three (Ray et al. 2007, p. 40) while LCT in lacustrine environments become sexually mature between 3 and 4 years of age (Rissler et al. 2006, p. 35). The Pilot Peak broodstock, derived from the Pilot Peak range in Utah and now known to have originated from the Truckee River watershed, sexually matures between 3 and 4 years with less than 10 percent maturing at age 5 and above (Jay Bigelow 2009, personal communication).
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