Post By: Chunk5280 Posted: 6/14/2016 4:44:05 PMPoints: 0
I see that Tiger Muskie are listed as a species at Chatfield. Can anyone confirm they actually exist out there? And if so any tips on where to try and land them? Id love to catch one, I live by and fish there frequently.
They were also stocked in Quincy/Bear Creek and Evergreen to name just a few. When is the last time anyone caught one out of there? Legal or not they are going home with someone. What is the purpose of wasting money stocking a sterile fish? They either die off or end up in a plastic bag. Cool idea. Waste of money.
Reply by: ColoradoOutdoorsman Posted: 6/15/2016 4:17:50 AM Points: 1931
Or check out bluewater lake in New Mexico, the place is crawling with them. I was told people catch them on hotdogs there by a couple of people no joke. There's quite a few places in Colorado where you can get them, just got to put in the research cause they're not common here and people won't give locations. They'll give you tatics though.
Reply by: shiverfix Posted: 6/15/2016 9:00:52 AM Points: 3441
Tiger muskies have a life span of 8 to 15 years. The last stocking was 2001. It is unlikely there are any left, and if there are, it is going to be literally a handful that have lived to the edge of the lifespan expectancy.
Reply by: Azled2zep Posted: 6/15/2016 9:18:36 AM Points: 3
@Abel, the goal of introducing Tigers are usually to control a rough species, like suckers or goldfish. I'm from NM, so the whole Bluewater story went something like this..........some jackwagon illegally dumped a bunch of goldfish that multiplied like bunnies.
NM Game and Fish call up the boys from Wisconsin, to bring over some hybrids and they did their job. The problem occurs as they quickly adapt making rainbow trout their primary source because they are more palatable (lacking rough scales, etc). So, your trout guys now view the tigers as an extreme nuisance and often purposively kill these apex predators.
The only other species which population was somewhat immune to the pack wolves were the channel catfish. Their spikes on their dorsal and pectoral fins gave them that "Stegosaurus" defense mechanism.
Lastly, the tigers were so effective at Bluewater that the forage dwindled and the tigers starved becoming borderline cannibalistic. That's why rookies are catching these fish off hotdogs and powerbait (yes, true story). This is what we call in the business world as "law of diminishing returns"
Reply by: trkytrack Posted: 6/15/2016 9:19:33 AM Points: 20
Tiger muskies were stocked to help control the rough fish population and to provide another sport fish for anglers. As a non reproducing fish their numbers could be controlled, unlike northern pike. They weren't a waste of time and money either.
Reply by: Toadfish Posted: 6/15/2016 9:29:47 AM Points: 3788
I was just cruising the stocking reports for these toothy bad boys and I saw several lakes they were stocked in that openly and honestly shocked me. Lakes that I can start to do some research on and start targeting them. People are going to look at me like I'm crazy on a few of these throwing big jerks and spoons but hey, you never know -)