The Paiute Cutthroat Trout is native only to Silver King Creek, a tributary of the Carson River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. It is believed that the Paiute evolved from a sub-population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout that became isolated in the creek. Pauites have a purple coloration, and they are distinguished from other cutthroat species because they lack most body spots. They grow to a maximum size of 10 inches and weigh up to 1 pound. The Paiute Cutthroat Trout is a federally listed threatened species. The only populations of Paiute Cutthroat Trout in the Silver King Creek basin now exist upstream of their native range, isolated from non-native trout by barrier waterfalls. Chemical treatments using rotenone, conducted over the past 4 decades by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, have successfully restored populations of Paiute cutthroat trout to the headwaters of Silver King Creek by removing the influence of non-native trout.
READ MORE about California Department of Fish and Wildlife's work conserving Paiute Cutthroat Trout.
CLICK HERE to download the 2004 Revised Paiute Cutthroat Trout Recovery Plan.
READ MORE about the Paiute Cutthroat Trout Restoration project to restore Paiute Cutthroat Trout below Llewellyn Falls to their historic native range.