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How to Catch Tiger Trout

by Dan Dechenaux

A tiger trout is a crossbreed of a brook trout and brown trout. To create a tiger trout, the female has to be the brown and the male a brook. Their scales appear like the female, yet the body shape resembles the male. The tiger trout has spotting different from its parents and is a sterile fish. This mysterious trout is hard to find in the wild.because they are typically bred for scientific purposes. They are fierce predators of small fish such as Utah chubs, redside shiners and other minnows. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon will bring the most success when fishing for tiger trout.

Cast your line as the sun goes down in the evening, if you are fishing from the shore. Shallow water is cooler, and your bait will more easily attract the tiger trout in cool conditions. Use large silver streamers or a lure that imitates a minnow to have success at catching the tiger trout close to shore.

Use a floating line and move the bait along the surface of the water to imitate an insect. Do this when fishing from a float tube or pontoon boat. The insects that tiger trout pursue most are damselflies, midges, mosquitoes and flying ants. If a lot of live insects are in the area, your bait may not be as appealing to the trout. Try a wet fly weighted with sinking line if the fish are staying deeper in the water. Some good baits to use when on your float tube and the trout are not rising to the surface are dark-colored leeches, wooly buggers, minnow imitations, scuds and nymphs.

Lure the tiger trout with popping gear attached to a nightcrawler, when fishing from a boat farther out from the shore. Also try lures and spinners on their own, with no bait attached. For still fishing with no casting, try attaching a dead minnow to your line and dropping it straight off the side of the boat. Release the line out slowly until the bait is in deep water, then slowly pull the bait back up to the surface. This imitates live moving bait, and attracts the tiger trout.

About the Author

Dan Dechenaux has written since 2009. Specializing in health and sports topics, he contributes articles to The Sports Ad-Visor. Dechenaux received a Master of Arts in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame.