A new State Record cutthroat trout was stocked on Norfork Tailwater either 7 or 10 years ago, AGFC officials have confirmed.
The same mild water temperatures that fuel the White River system’s giant trout make it tough for fisheries managers to age the trophies.
But the 10 pound 2oz cutthroat, which was not released, was able to be approximately aged, courtesy of an AGFC fin clip.
AGFC Trout Biologist Christy Graham said the cutthroat was confirmed to be one raised by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Norfork National Fish Hatchery and stocked in either 2008 or 2011 – she said there was no way to confirm which of those years exactly.
“It was missing an adipose fin, which is a sign of a fish we stocked,” Graham said. “It’s great to see that fish we stocked as recently as 7-10 years ago have reached state-record size.”