Tiger Fish?

Big Hole River 2580 cfs

I have heard of tiger fish in Africa but in the Big Hole River? Well we caught one yesterday. It had the golden color of a brown trout but instead of spots it had these tiger like stripes and worm tracks on its back like a brook trout. It turns out it is a cross between a brown and brook. In all the years of fishing the Big Hole I have never seen one. Shawn Jones who is also an outfitter told me he caught one years ago and described it to the biologist who did not believe him. Later that year the biologist called him to apologize as they had caught one when they did their shocking survey. It’s a beautiful fish and I will see what I can do to put the photo in the gallery.

It was warm and overcast yesterday and the comibination of those two made for some great fishing. Art’s boat did very well with streamers and Shawn was nailing them on nymphs all day. In my boat we were whacking them with chernoble ant patterns for most of the day. It looks like some more of the same conditions today so it should be good as well.


  1. That’s wild about catching the tiger trout. Around my parts, in the Midwest, we consider that a good sign of stream health because it indicates good natural reproduction in the stream. I’ve seen pictures of the fish, they’re really wild-looking!

  2. That’s pretty cool about the Tiger Trout. If I am not mistaken a Tiger is cross between a Male Brook Trout, and Female Brown Trout. The cross only works that way. The offspring are a pretty fish (like you described), they are very good fighters, and they are sterile. (Like other hybrids). Some states stock Tigers in Lakes where there is enough food base to support another recreational fish, but they don’t want to introduce a breeding populations on the native fish.

    Here in West Virginia, our DNR used to stock Tigers all the time.

    Wild Tigers, an accidental cross, can happen when a Brook Trout Redd just happens to be close to Brown Trout Redd, and things are happening at the same time. The eggs are just fertilized accidently. No cross trout love making, in theory anyway.

    Catching a wild tiger is really cool, and really rare.

    Love your website. Thanks for all the great reads

    Tony Wheeler
    Charleston West Virginia

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