After caught, noted: Jaw extended past eye. Orange slash below jaw (not showing in picture). Crimson stripe down entire side of fish. Fish was very large for very small, publicly accessed pond.
When I look at it, visually my reaction is "yes." But considering the location, that suggestions two options: 1) The WDFW has at some point stocked both species and they're successfully interbreeding--i.e., the lake has an inlet or outlet that has conditions sufficient for breeding. Or 2), the WDFW is planting hybrids.Thanks squatch, fought very hard, taking several runs. Caught in Easter WA, no name pond. Pond no where near Salt Water.
Perhaps the game dept will plant that lake with Brook Trout too!Nice Westslope cutty... caught a few of similar size this past spring at a lake the state started introducing them to a few yrs back , we are excited for how well they've done.. now I need to find some brookies in that range..thanks for sharing
Unfortunately not I've had several conversations with them about reintroducing the Brookies. "it used to be a Brook trout only lake" But a group of anti Brook trout people got together around 03'/04' and convinced the state to stop with the Brook's and go with either Cutthroat or Rainbow.. It was a great place for the Brookies a hard fishery but once ya figured out how to catch them you could catch till you literally got tired of it. fun times.. so the quest goes on for new Brookie waters.Perhaps the game dept will plant that lake with Brook Trout too!