The Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) is a public-private Fish Habitat Partnership that works collaboratively across 12 western states to conserve, protect, restore and recover 21 native trout and char species. Formed in 2006, WNTI provides a new perspective and impetus to improve the return on investment of the time, money and manpower dedicated to native trout conservation. WNTI is an project of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and also recognized as a National Fish Habitat Partnership by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.

Covering over 1.75 million square miles of public and privately managed lands, WNTI and our partners combine science-based assessments with expert and local knowledge to establish joint priorities for native trout conservation at a landscape scale.   Since its inception in 2006, the Western Native Trout Initiative has directed over $4 million in federal fish habitat funds leveraged to $14 million public and private matching dollars for 113 priority native trout conservation projects.

For more information, click here.


The Western Native Trout Initiative is excited to announce our new 12-state Western Native Trout Challenge! Native trout are the embodiment of the Western character— its eternal struggle and triumph of adaptation to a life of water in a dry land. The landscape and lore of the West is that of the trout.

The Western Native Trout Challenge invites anglers to help celebrate this legacy by catching native trout and char in each of 12 Western states, at their own pace. By attempting to catch 18 of the 21 species throughout 12 states (at the master angler level), participants can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime!We thank our state fish and wildlife agencies in each of the 12 states that are partnering on this program, along with the USDA Forest Service, the federal Bureau  of Land Management, and Trout Unlimited.

                  More information and register at westernnativetroutchallenge.org 


WNTI StoryMap

WNTI has created a beautiful story map highlighting our work and featuring a projects map and stories on Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, interior Redband Trout, Gila Trout, Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, and Bonneville Cutthroat Trout. Click on the Photo to the left to check it out!












Blueheads and Bonnevilles and the Weber River Partnership New Film!

 Be sure to check out this short film about the work we do with our partners in the Weber River in Utah. This makes a great outreach tool for these native fish, showcasing the work fish biologists do and the power of partnerships. This film is dedicated to the 10 year National Fish Habitat Partnership anniversary. If you like this  video, please feel free to forward the link to colleagues, friends, or anyone you think would appreciate it and please encourage them to share it too!

To watch the film, click here  


Chasing Native Trout

Have you ever caught a native Western trout? Well, do you want to?  Thanks to our fish friends at the Western Native Trout Initiative, it’s now easier for all you DIY’ers to take a road trip next summer and catch the fish of your dreams.

Check out the NEW blog post that was on Feild and Stream!
Want to Catch 12 Truley Native Western Trout Species? Here's How.
What they look like and where to find them.


And don't miss out last blog post on Field and Stream


Native trout live in some of the last wild places in North America. Getting there can be an adventure in and of itself.....your adventure awaits.