Montana's declining state fish are known for their red markings.
Named for telltale red stripes under its jaw, the westslope cutthroat trout is in decline in Montana, Idaho, and other states in the West. Visitors to the Washoe Park Trout Hatchery in Anaconda, Mont., in April, May, and June can see the fish spawning and learn how the hatchery turns out 1 million eggs a year. The eggs are collected to seed the region’s lakes, boosting the population of this beleaguered beauty—Montana’s state fish. 406-563-2531, tinyurl.com/washoehatchery.
Photography by William M. Mullins
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