The tiger muskie is a hybrid resulting from the cross of a northern
pike and a muskellunge. This beautifully marked
fish has irregular narrow vertical dark markings on a light background with stripes
merging onto the back in an interlocking pattern distinguishing it from the true-strain
muskellunge. This aggressive sportfish is reported to be easier to catch than
the pure-strain. The tiger muskie is sterile, therefore, alleviating any concerns
for reproduction and allowing control of their numbers.
top tiger muskies waters are Greenwood Lake, Lake
Hopatcong, Furnace Lake, Manasquan
Reservoir and the Delaware River. Tiger fishing opportunities are also available
at Deal Lake, Shenandoah Lake and Rancocas
Creek. Tigers, like their parent species, typically inhabit swallow water
areas of lakes and rivers. They patrol outside weed edges, inside weed edges and
hold under canopies of submerged vegetation. Tigers also hold off points and along
weedy bars. In the heat of summer, when water temperatures approach 80°F,
large tigers move to cooler, deeper water close to the thermocline, or near underwater
springs and offshore humps.
tiger muskie fishing typically takes place during daylight. Tigers are reported
to hit best under stable conditions. Action is sporadic until the end of May,
but warming water in June brings some of the fastest fishing of the year. Tigers
are aggressive throughout the summer and less active than true-strains in the
fall. Tigers are willing to bite in winter through the ice, and there is a small
following of avid tiger muskie ice fishermen.
Lure selection is similar to muskie-type lures i.e. bucktail spinners, crank baits
and jerk baits. Tigers generally prefer smaller lures than the muskellunge. Tigers
are often caught by bass anglers using typical bass lures such as spinner baits,
crank baits and rattle traps.
early season, cast small bucktail spinners in shallow coves. Retrieve slowly,
keeping the lure a foot or two off the bottom. As the water warms, increase lure
size and speed of retrieve. Once weedbeds develop, casting jerk baits and crank
baits along outer edges is effective. Another summer pattern is trolling or casting
crank baits along offshore bars. This technique also produces in mid-fall.
Tigers often occupy densely weeded areas where bass angling techniques are employed.
Pitch or flip crank bait into a hole or pocket and twitch it a few times. On deeper
flats, where weeds don't reach the surface, work swallow running lures, such as
a small Reef Hawg.
Focus on Fishing: Muskellunge
Tiger Muskie Stocking Summary, 2012 (pdf, 11kb)
Tiger Muskie Stocking Summary, 2011 (pdf, 11kb)
Tiger Muskie Fact Sheet (pdf, 15kb)
Chapter 22 Muskies Inc.
Penn-Jersey Chapter Muskies Inc.
Knee Deep Club
Muskies, Inc. (national)
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