Post By: cbtrtbum Posted: 4/10/2012 8:24:46 PM Points: 0
Well, I began my 10,000 casts today at Wellington #4. No, I didnt see and Tiger's but it was nice getting out. Beautiful evening on the water. Has anyone seen or heard of any Tigers from W#4 any time recently? Its the closest body of water for me with them in it. I might head up to Pinewood this weekend. Seems like there is a small group of anglers on this forum chasin em. I am going to mostly focus on them all year this year in hopes of hooking up. Tight Lines all!! Chris
Tigers were last stocked in 1995 and 1996. Only 100 each year, totaling only 14 pounds of fish. They were between 5 and 6". One of the "Plusses" of being a FxR+. As a skipper, I had to double check as I've never heard of TM in Wellington #4. I've seen and known about pike, wiper, walleye and bass, but not TM.
My guess is that they are no longer in there as that was 15 to 16 years ago. You'd know otherwise if they were.
For your 10K casts and to have the best chance, Pinewood is and will be your lake. That is the only lake that has regularity of observation and catching. Bear Creek lakes and little local waters have them... but sightings are far and few between and catches being rarer.
Just some "food for thought," but that would be where I would start.
10,000 casts is a lot. My sons and I all managed to catch our first muskies (in Ohio) with a combination of trolling and live bait. Even if I was casting on one side of the boat, I'd have a big bait fish swimming around with a hook through his back on the other side. My son Joshua caught his 39" Muskie on a blue gill. We've also caught a multitide of big catfish that way, which can be disappointing if you're hoping for a muskie, but the excitement of the fight keeps the boredom down anyway. We've also caught a lot of big walleye on live blue gill, and the occasional lunker large mouth. You can only cast one lure at a time, so you might as well put that second rod stamp to work and double your odds.