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Lake: Shadow Mountain Reservoir
Fish: Tiger Muskie

CPW proposal to stock tiger muskie in Shadow Mountain

Post By: Ewert      Posted: 3/16/2022 9:33:46 AM     Points: 48    
Hey folks -- finally able to go public with this. For all of you that love to believe we're anti-predator fish in every way, here's your chance to speak up. I've been working on this for fifteen years and am very excited that I finally have green lights to proceed. I'm trying to go big on this and may need support.

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 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 3/16/2022 9:42:55 AM     Points: 69335
I LOVE this! LOL ------>>>>>> "For all of you that love to believe we're anti-predator fish in every way"

just awesome on your post and Muskies getting stocked. Congratulations on a big win for you and the patience to work on something for so long
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 3/16/2022 9:48:57 AM     Points: 7644
It would seem to be a problem to keep the tigers in Shadow Mt. as there is direct access to Grand Lake and Lake Grandby.
 Reply by: Ewert      Posted: 3/16/2022 9:52:25 AM     Points: 48
There is a movement study included, with PIT-tagged fish and antennas that will detect movement out of the lake.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 3/16/2022 10:35:27 AM     Points: 3014
Appreciate the info...filled out my feedback on the online forum.
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: 3/16/2022 11:21:07 AM     Points: 206
Thanks Jon. I wonder how long the salmonid stocking would be put on hold? The Tigers would most likely migrate in and out of Grand via the canal but my guess is they would rather stay in Shadow due to much more favorable conditions such as water temperature, biomass, and forage. Too bad Pike are so dam prolific (along with Shadow being in the Colorado River drainage system) as I've always fantasized that Shadow would be the perfect lake for those toothy preds.
 Reply by: ParkerDude      Posted: 3/16/2022 12:03:56 PM     Points: 1287
Ewert, I know it's a different subject but wondering if you did a fish survey on Granby last year? I thought I saw your nets out there but didn't see a report. Just wondering if I missed it, I enjoy reading our reports. Thanks!!
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 3/16/2022 12:23:56 PM     Points: 88163
Thanks for posting, Jon. You had me at tiger muskie!
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 3/16/2022 12:54:48 PM     Points: 1003
I am all for this. Would brown trout have a viable population still in there due to natural reproduction?
 Reply by: JKaboom      Posted: 3/16/2022 3:28:17 PM     Points: 619
Thanks, filed out the form in support. I don't understand why CPW/Colorado fishermen are not supportive of predator species even the 'dreaded pike'.
 Reply by: WhoMe?      Posted: 3/16/2022 5:28:19 PM     Points: 957
May as well make spawn sacks legal, the use of them is never enforced anyway.
 Reply by: Ewert      Posted: 3/16/2022 5:46:17 PM     Points: 48
ParkerDude - I am working on finishing up a new Granby report, should have it up by the end of the month.
 Reply by: Ewert      Posted: 3/16/2022 5:52:01 PM     Points: 48
Trout -- regarding your question about Brown Trout. I won't bet on it. There is definitely some wild reproduction, and a bit of a run up the North Fork inlet. But I have been augmenting that with stocking fingerlings also. It's hard to imagine there being no browns around at all, but I would anticipate that they will become scarce/rare.
 Reply by: ScottyK      Posted: 3/16/2022 6:35:52 PM     Points: 316
Looks like a sterile breed according to the not like they will get out of control.....Good to hear from you on here Jon!
 Reply by: bluecreek      Posted: 3/16/2022 6:37:09 PM     Points: 2555
Can't say I'm for it. I so much enjoy the kokanee and brown trout fishing (esp icefishing.) Wouldn't it be possible to stock tigers AND continue stocking kokanee? Rainbows I could give or take.
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 3/17/2022 12:46:58 PM     Points: 17
Im definitely not for it I also enjoy catching salmon and brown trout Im voting against it
 Reply by: 10klakes      Posted: 3/17/2022 1:15:07 PM     Points: 366
I submitted comments in favor. Tigers are easily controllable due to being sterile. Also theyre not so voracious and aggressive like pike despite the stories you hear of them attacking swimmers. So the tigers will eat almost 100% suckers not trout. Even uneducated hatchery trout are incredibly harder for a tiger to catch and eat than a slow fat sucker. As soon as trout stocking resumes they can easily coexist.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 3/17/2022 5:02:45 PM     Points: 4938

I'm all in for having tiger muskies, they are a super cool looking fish and awesome to catch. they jump and flip around like crazy. you can catch them trolling or casting around structure on several different lures.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 3/20/2022 10:55:32 AM     Points: 6451
It appears to be working at Antero, I know of three confirmed Tiger Muskie releases, surprisingly all three were on flies. The released fish were all in the 32 to 35 range, I believe they stocked over 1800?
This is a 32 released by a fishing buddy of mine on a leech Oct. 20, 2021
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 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 3/20/2022 11:11:29 AM     Points: 6451
tiger muskie
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: 3/28/2022 8:56:52 AM     Points: 1099
So they're trying to f up every pike fishery.
And now they want to act like they care about toothy fish. Uh huh. Smdh.
They're just looking for more money to blow before they start messing that lake up too. IMO.
 Reply by: tigerSmith      Posted: 3/28/2022 1:37:00 PM     Points: 0
Wondering how you will secure delivery of a fish that is from an out of state trade on an annual basis? Sounds good on paper and I think it probably has never been tried, that is going heavy on tigers and stop stocking their preferred snacks the rainbow trout. I applaud your efforts with the clean up crew.

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