1,200 Miles in Search of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout

The Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii utah) got its name from the Bonneville Basin, a geographic region in the western United States where this subspecies of Cutthroat Trout is primarily found. The Bonneville Basin encompasses parts of Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming.
The name “Bonneville” comes from Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric lake that covered much of the area during the Pleistocene epoch. As the lake gradually receded, it left behind various smaller lakes, streams, and rivers, which became the present-day habitat for the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout.
The specific name “clarkii” is in honor of William Clark, who was part of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) that explored the American West. During their journey, they encountered and documented various fish species, including the Cutthroat Trout.
The video below is the last part of a 1,200-mile trip across the remote county roads in Nevada in search of Heritage Trout.

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