In your opinion what kind of fish is this?
No, it's not a protected species and it's not a state or federal offense to keep one. It's simply a Snake River cutthroat and they have been stocked in lots of waters in Colorado.sook said:i caught one exactly like this last year fishing at georgetown using a quarter oz watermelon striped green on copper background kastmaster. people told me it was a cutthroat and told me to release it because it was a protected specie. it was a trully special fish because i never even seen it before. it has rough skin like feeling a sponge compared to other trouts. remember if u keep one of these its a federal offense!