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New Mexico State Fish

Cutthroat Trout

The New Mexico Cutthroat Trout (Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout) is native to the cold mountain streams and lakes of northern New Mexico. It is a dark olive color with sparsely scattered black spots. It derives its name from the red streaks under its throat, and although only six to eight inches long, anglers like the fish for its fighting spirit.

The Cutthroat population in northern New Mexico has been declining in recent years, but the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, which manages sport fishing in the state, has a continuing rehabilitation program to maintain the Cutthroat strain.

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