From the desk of Trout Unlimited Oregon Chair Tom Wolf: ODFW wants to stock hybrid tiger muskies in Phillips Reservoir in NE Oregon to deal with an explosion of yellow perch which is crowding out the rainbow trout population. Tiger muskies have been used by other states in this situation and because they are sterile and voracious predators, they will focus (in theory) on perch and remove enough to let rainbow population recovery.
Tom expressed TU’s concern about using an invasive species to control another invasive species and about the possibility that tigers muskies can get into Powder river drainage.
The Commissioners felt that the risks were low enough to warrant the stocking of the tiger muskies. ODFW will acquire some tiger muskie stock from Utah and start stocking this spring.