Sea-run Cutthroat enter Bee creek at the mouth and find their way upstream to spawn in late fall to early spring. (crd.bc.ca, 2018)
The cutthroat in the Esquimalt Lagoon are an interesting species as they reflect the environmental health of the area. Healthy population of cutthroat signify healthy rivers and streams.
They are especially beautiful with vivid red/orange markings. They are also unique in that they inhabit lagoons, such as Esquimalt Lagoon which is tidal with a mixture of fresh and salt water, as well as streams and creeks.
Bee Creek is especially important for Cutthroat, since is provides a continuous supply of fresh water, food, shelter and safe places to spawn.