The Tiger Trout is a sterile, intergeneric hybrid of the brown trout and the brook trout. Hybridization can occur naturally, however it is very rare. The average size of Tigar Trout is 10-16 inches. Tiger trout can grow up to 20 inches and five pounds in quality populations.
How To Identify:
The Tigar Trout has a unique, dark maze-like pattern all over a brownish, gray body. The belly is yellowish orange as are the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins. The tail fin is square.
How To Catch:
Tiger Trout can be successfully caught on flies, spoons, spinners, and bait. Since Tiger Trout are aggressive and piscivorous, a minnow imitation such as a streamer or Rapala are a good choice also. These fish can be successfully caught from shore as well as from a boat or float tube. For shore anglers, the best time to fish is either early in the early morning or in the evening. They are also less wary at this time of day. When fishing from a floating device trolling is an effective method. One can use pop gear with bait or lures. Some popular lures are: Kastmasters, Triple Teasers, and Jake's Spin-a-lure. Fly fishers do well with leech, muddler, woolly bugger, and nymph patterns.
The Tiger Trout has been found in many lakes and ponds throught the United States. It has been recorded from Arkansas to California, also Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Montana and many more states.