Tiger Trout — coming to Fish Lake, OR

ODFW will stock tiger trout fingerlings in Fish Lake for the first time this morning.

“Tiger trout are a unique fish being used in a unique situation here at Fish Lake,” said David Haight, Assistant District fish biologist. “They tend to be more aggressive and are easier to catch than other predatory trout like brown trout. They should also feed on the minnows – tui chub and fathead minnows – that are in Fish Lake and be catchable by next summer. Angling will be catch and release.”

Taking a little restPhoto by El Frito

Haight explained the minnows were illegally introduced into Fish Lake and have taken over the lake’s ecology and harmed the trout fishery. Fish Lake has been treated with rotenone several times over the years, but too many springs prevented an effective treatment. ODFW has also been stocking spring chinook to provide a better fishery for anglers.

ODFW is stocking about 1,500 tiger trout fingerlings this year. These fish are a sterile hybrid of brook trout and brown trout. Both brook trout and brown trout are currently present in parts of the Rogue watershed.

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4 Responses to Tiger Trout — coming to Fish Lake, OR

  1. Kevin Hayes says:

    I fish the spring creeks in Minnesota and Wisconsin this fish occur naturally here from time time. They never seem to get that big though.

  2. mike doughty says:

    we have quite a few tiger trout here in utah. they are just as enjoyable to catch as the other trout species and come fall time they love to hit mice patterns.

  3. dean says:

    wow, I’ve never heard/seen one of these.

  4. Clint says:

    According to David Haight at the Rogue Flyfishers meeting Wednesday evening, the Tiger trout that were planted were about 5 inches long. They are expected to grow to 10 inches by next summer. They are expected to eat Tui Chubs, the same guys found in Diamond Lake year ago. These trout are sterile and they love to eat other fish.

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