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Lake: Jim Baker Reservoir
Fish: Tiger Muskie

Tigers in Jim Baker?

Post By: deathmenace      Posted: 8/20/2014 5:10:50 AM     Points: 80    
Says Jim baker is stocked with tiger muskies yet I personally have never pulled one out of there in the past few years of fishing it . Anyone know if there are for sure still muskies and what to use for them if there are ?
 Reply by: alanlf5280      Posted: 8/20/2014 8:43:30 AM     Points: 7338    
Here is what I recommend to anyone trying to find out if a species of fish exists in a lake.

1) Check the stocking reports. deathmenace, as a FxR+ member, the lake page has this listed for you. In this case, the last tiger muskie stocking is listed as 1999.
*As an FYI, tiger muskie typical life span is less than 10 years.

2) Check the CPW Fishery Survey Summary on the lake, which can be found on the CPW website. In this case, no tiger muskie have been listed on the last survey of the lake which took place in 2011 BUT there is a 3% Other fish species. A tiger muskie could be included in this, but my guess would be it was carp, goldfish or some other aquarium pet in this percentage.

So, with this info, I personally would assume there are no tiger muskie left in this lake beginning that the last stocking was 15 years ago.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 8/20/2014 10:49:07 PM     Points: 7802    
I have heard rumors and stories of people who have caught them but I have never seen one in person there. I asked Paul winkle a while back, the managing biologist, and he said that if there are any left in there they would be big....but that's if they still are in there. Not sure if the massive draw down would have helped or hurt them a couple years ago.
 Reply by: drinkwines      Posted: 8/21/2014 12:14:38 PM     Points: 180    
sorry no muskies left in jim baker they drained it to dead pool a few years back like already stated . only thing that made it were carp and some cats . but they did re stock bass trout and some walleye .as well as relocating some panfish from the nearby lowel ponds. hope that helps good fishing