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Fish: Splake


Post By: illpilgrim      Posted: 4/13/2016 6:34:53 PM     Points: 1831    
After reviewing the 2016 Colorado Fishing brochure, I realized that my lake trout from early March was actually a splake. It's a beautiful fish and I though y'all might enjoy.

Do you have any hybrid photos? They are especially cool. I would love to see some tiger trout.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 4/13/2016 6:37:51 PM     Points: 84189
Nice fish! Here's a little tiger trout I caught a couple years ago.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/13/2016 6:41:58 PM     Points: 73106
tiger trout are a myth

and sir, I still think that's a laker.. because of the deep fork tail. Am hoping I'm wrong
 Reply by: ultralightfanatic      Posted: 4/13/2016 7:35:02 PM     Points: 814
I have caught splake out of Carter, looked like the OP's fish. They do have the forked tail and the spots on body. Just my opinion.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 4/13/2016 8:13:29 PM     Points: 2825
I agree with angler. Looks more like a laker then a splake. While both have a forked tail, the deeper "vee" in the tail is more characteristic of a lake trout.
 Reply by: ColoradoOutdoorsman      Posted: 4/13/2016 8:40:05 PM     Points: 821
How about a tiger musky??
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/13/2016 10:33:43 PM     Points: 3831
Somewhere on the site I have pics of a few tigers I caught a year or 2 ago... No idea where else they are, or I'd post em again
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/13/2016 11:00:18 PM     Points: 0
Pilgrim, nice fish, but a laker definitely, splake are a bit lighter too.
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 4/14/2016 4:45:27 AM     Points: 840
Tiger trout
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 4/14/2016 6:31:03 AM     Points: 2133
With out knowing the lake it is a little harder to tell. But it has to many features of a laker to not be a laker.
 Reply by: fishstryker      Posted: 4/14/2016 7:19:32 AM     Points: 0
Tiger trout are beautiful fish
 Reply by: BassConvert      Posted: 4/14/2016 7:27:59 AM     Points: 365
Pic in OP loooks splake-ish to me.

Lots of red in those fins. Pelvic and ventral fins are hard to see but would be the biggest clue. Splake have tri-colored pelvic fins, not 2 colored. I think I'm seeing some red, black, and white in there. The spots also look a bit yellowish instead of white.

Beauty of a fish by the way.

Love the look of them tiger trout. Someday an going to have to try and catch one. Have so many uncaught fish on the list that I haven't seen yet.

 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/14/2016 8:11:05 AM     Points: 73106
is true pilgrim.. your fish is gorgeous
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 4/14/2016 8:22:53 AM     Points: 7035
Laker, I'd bet a drink on it!

A couple shots of Tigers and an old pic at Antero with my ONLY brookie and a splake. I used to catch several splake each year at Antero but only one brookie in over 5,000 caught fish?

 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 4/14/2016 10:25:08 AM     Points: 17861
White tip on the fins and orange coloration on the fins tells me Splake. Deep forked tail tells me Lake Trout. Coloration of the fish and spots tells me Splake. It's a toss up that's for sure.

I'm going with a Splake Trout!!!
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 4/14/2016 11:39:15 AM     Points: 163
Nice Brookie!
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 4/14/2016 12:09:00 PM     Points: 0

That is one pretty good sized tiger you got your self there.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 4/14/2016 12:41:24 PM     Points: 7035
I've been fortunate to catch several of these very pretty trout, all have been up at Mount Massive Lakes where they do raise and stock them.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 4/14/2016 3:11:38 PM     Points: 65623
Not a trout but is a hybrid.
 Reply by: sfishes      Posted: 4/14/2016 6:04:01 PM     Points: 145
 Reply by: Bwallace10327      Posted: 4/14/2016 6:38:03 PM     Points: 204
A natural tiger trout caught from private ponds that have brookies and browns. A rare, beautiful fish indeed.
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:35:45 AM     Points: 287
Deep Fork - Laker
 Reply by: VonBullseye      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:51:40 AM     Points: 30
Some Splake from a year or so back!!! Muskie took chunk out of that second one.
 Reply by: southcat king      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:53:47 AM     Points: 30
is that horsetooth?
 Reply by: southcat king      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:54:37 AM     Points: 30
sfishes that's the nicest colored tiger I have ever seen.
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: 4/15/2016 8:56:18 AM     Points: 234
caught this one on a piece of grass fed free range tofu on a biodegradable granola hook
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 4/15/2016 9:35:43 AM     Points: 2522
Here one...

 Reply by: sfishes      Posted: 4/16/2016 6:44:48 AM     Points: 145
Thanks , about 16" from last November
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: 4/16/2016 11:51:01 AM     Points: 37527
I like your slightly twisted sense of humor.
 Reply by: Russian      Posted: 4/16/2016 1:47:55 PM     Points: 1030
 Reply by: shaggy33      Posted: 4/16/2016 3:23:11 PM     Points: 680
A little tiger...
 Reply by: smalliefan      Posted: 4/16/2016 3:27:19 PM     Points: 26
Just to confuse things a bit, hybrids that are considered sterile actually can reproduce a little, especially in a backcross with one of the parent species. If there were both lake trout and splake in the lake, it could be something like 1/4 brook trout and 3/4 lake trout. I know it is rare, but it does happen enough that one cannot totally discount the possibility. When some of the hybrids do manage to reproduce, the reproduction success increases with each generation. There are some cases where supposedly "sterile" hybrids managed to establish a viable population. Again, rare, but it has been documented. You can never count nature out.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/16/2016 3:36:07 PM     Points: 73106
shaggy and sfishes - I'm jealous
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 4/16/2016 3:52:45 PM     Points: 1474
Tiger from a while back. From my understanding this one is two thirds brown one third Brookie
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 4/16/2016 4:30:12 PM     Points: 1102
man, i need to fish with a few of you tiger fisherman. i've only found brookie sized tigers to snap a pic of. you have some nice sized tigers up yonder in post everyone.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 4/16/2016 4:43:03 PM     Points: 3831
Right! I was thinking the same thing bratfish

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