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Lake: Antero Reservoir
Fish: Tiger Trout

New PB

Post By: strangebow      Posted: 6/4/2019 11:53:46 PM     Points: 3482    
There are indeed tiger trout in Antero, and I caught my new personal best-24"! So glad I didnt reel my line in and head to shore like I was just about to do. I've caught tigers a few times, but never one this large. Heckuva fight too. I'm glad I was able to release it safely as well.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 6/5/2019 5:51:51 AM     Points: 61804    
very cool. congratulations
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 6/5/2019 8:03:39 AM     Points: 652    
Very nice! I bet that was a good fight!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 6/5/2019 8:39:12 AM     Points: 14699    
Very nice, congratulations.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 6/5/2019 2:53:58 PM     Points: 8400    
now that's a cool looking fish, congrats!
 Reply by: bluecreek      Posted: 6/5/2019 6:10:29 PM     Points: 611    
Nice fish! I caught a splake there last week, about 12 inches. Didn't know they were in there also, altho they were before the drain.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 6/5/2019 6:51:53 PM     Points: 2419    
Well done Sir!
 Reply by: JohnnyW      Posted: 6/5/2019 9:28:42 PM     Points: 840    
That fish is a pretty thin 24" if that imo.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 6/5/2019 10:23:58 PM     Points: 232    
Congrats! 🎣👍
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 6/5/2019 10:38:57 PM     Points: 3482    
Yeah the body was pretty slender, long but slender. Huge head and huge tail.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 6/6/2019 1:58:47 AM     Points: 2136    
Very nice, those fist are so cool looking, Iím glad the wild life division does cross breeding to get these different species of fish.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 6/6/2019 8:43:11 AM     Points: 8400    
speaking of tigers...has anyone landed one of the tiger muskies that they have put in there? i can't recall hearing anyone catch any yet...
 Reply by: stratfish      Posted: 6/6/2019 12:33:29 PM     Points: 400    
What did you catch him on?
Nice fish - glad he is still swimming around too!
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: 6/7/2019 4:22:12 PM     Points: 18    
I gotta ask - how'd you take that picture? You got three hands?
Also trying hard to see any tiger markings. I'd have called it another rainbow and let it go at that.

 Reply by: Santiago84      Posted: 6/7/2019 6:45:35 PM     Points: 4808    
Thatís a master angler fish if youíre into that sort of thing. I had no idea there are tigers in there. Nice one.
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 6/8/2019 11:07:08 AM     Points: 3482    
Thanks everyone, I'm pretty stoked about it!

Strat-Caught it on a tazmanian devil-Canberra killer 7/16 oz

Rich w-Yes I'm 100% sure it's a tiger. Look at the spots on the head, and the worm pattern striping on the back. Also, they make these camera things called 'go-pros' or something...I dont know about that. I just use my third hand to take photos...
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 6/8/2019 3:05:14 PM     Points: 5674    
Not trying to burst your bubble but Iím fairly sure thatís a rainbow?
Note the fins and coloration as well as the body shape and head.
 Reply by: Knottyboy      Posted: 6/8/2019 5:46:13 PM     Points: 240    
Sweet catch, thanks for sharing. That is definitely a tiger, just not the same colors of all the 9" most people catch. Thanks for the release.
 Reply by: Assassin      Posted: 6/8/2019 5:48:19 PM     Points: 1074    
Maybe it's the picture not doing justice, but I'm with Anteroman that looks like a rainbow.

A very nice rainbow... But a rainbow. Nice catch!
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: 6/8/2019 6:03:53 PM     Points: 18    
Now THAT'S a Tiger Trout, A-Man.
Maybe the OP's picture is fuzzy, but I just can't see wormy patterns in it at all. But he must have seen a difference from all the other bows in there.

Go-Pro camera, huh? So Space Man Spif in a pontoon?
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 6/9/2019 1:13:42 PM     Points: 1449    
Looks like a tiger to me nice fish!
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 6/9/2019 1:42:38 PM     Points: 25129    
The OP's fish looks like a hybrid. But looks like some type of... Rainbow.. cross. Tigers are a Brown Brook cross. Odd looking fish. But like Anteroman. I'm not sure if thats a tiger. I've caught a few Tiger Trout and the pattern resembles Anteroman's fish. Either way. Definitely a cool catch !

Did do a little research what you might have is a Rainbow / Brook Hybrid
A ...SILVER TIGER !!! Real coll catch if that 's what it is.
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 6/9/2019 3:00:59 PM     Points: 8556    
Smelly, I was also doubting the Tiger Trout claim myself as the OPs fish seemed to be some sort of bow cross as well. Too bright for what I've always considered a Tiger Trout (brook/brown cross) but it is definitely some sort of cross. Never heard of a silver tiger before. That is cool and would consider what you are saying. Cool catch regardless.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 6/9/2019 8:44:44 PM     Points: 534    
I've caught tiger that have the same coloration.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 6/10/2019 9:04:00 AM     Points: 8400    
maybe we should get FishSeal in on this...send him the original pics thru his skipper link
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/10/2019 10:53:34 AM     Points: 31107    
I'd be interested to hear his expert opinion, looks like the fish has a lot of rainbow in it to me as well... But I do see some worm-y like markings that resemble that of a tiger.

Regardless, a 24" trout is a great fish!
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 6/10/2019 11:36:02 AM     Points: 1549    
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 6/10/2019 6:41:23 PM     Points: 265    
If I caught it id say 100% a tiger trout. The wormy markings giving it away. Some tigers (and even browns) can be very silver. I have seen pics of completely silver browns if you can believe it lol

Nice frickin catch!!
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: 6/10/2019 10:58:25 PM     Points: 3482    
I'll agree, the colors arent nearly as vibrant as other tiger I've seen or caught. I've literally caught 1000 rainbows out of that lake over the years, and this was unlike any other fish I've landed at Antero. I've caught a lot of browns there too, many very silver and faded in color compared to what we all picture when we think brown trout. The fins and tail were really green, so was the head but much less pronounced.

I'll send some more pics in after I get back from vacation.

I like the idea of a silver tiger too, but either way it goes down in my book as a T.

Thanks guys for all your input and feedback!
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 6/11/2019 10:07:53 AM     Points: 6139    
Awesome catch! Any trout that stretches the tape to 2 feet is a sweet fish!

To throw my 2c in...that sure looks like a tiger trout.

Fins, head, body shape, and markings are all wrong for a rainbow trout.

I have to identify different types of trout on a regular basis for my job, and train others to do the same. Most people rely too much on color for identification. I see that mistake made on this forum all the time too.
 Reply by: Smitty413      Posted: 6/11/2019 1:12:21 PM     Points: 108    
Wow! Awesome catch! I would definitely agree that it must be a tiger trout. It is my understanding that although brook trout and brown trout have "trout" in their title, they are actually in the char family (salmon family). Rainbow trout are actually part of a different sub species and genus, and as far as I could find researching online, there are no hybrids between these fish. This is further confirmed by the fact that rainbow trout spawn in the spring and early summer, where as brook and brown trout spawn in the fall. It stands to reason that since there are no other fish in the lake that could produce a hybrid with that coloration, it must be a tiger trout. Just my two cents!
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 6/11/2019 1:51:50 PM     Points: 2957    
brookieflyfisher nailed it!!

It is a tiger.

However, coloration is not something I go for often. I'll look at black pigmentation patterns, but not color. Black and white are only two "colors" that really count.
Color can be influenced by the water, the angle of the photograph, lighting, even age (dead fish being a lot lighter than a live fish) can alter color. Although color can be useful for some fish identification, it should not be the only character relied upon, nor should it be independent... but a support character.
Banding can be helpful, but that is caused by the presence of black in the "band."

The OP caught a beautiful tiger.


 Reply by: crappie-slayer      Posted: 6/20/2019 11:44:20 AM     Points: 165    
Beautiful tiger trout. And yes itís a tiger trout
 Reply by: beewee      Posted: 6/23/2019 12:01:48 PM     Points: 0    
I'm seeing all kinds of different patterns of trout and the ones I've caught. I wonder if different types are spawning with each other?
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 6/23/2019 12:51:05 PM     Points: 25129    
I don't disagree that it is a tiger.

Just doesn't look like our normal Brn Brk cross. And coloration may not be a good indicator. But looking up rainbow / brook trout hybrid. I saw a lot of fish with the same color and patterns as this fish. And Parvin is full of Frankinfish ! I wonder if CPW didn't experiment with using Silver Tigers at some time and stocked some.

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