Published on Aug 28, 2013
4,250 Tiger Muskies Stocked in Utah Waters
Hundreds of true muskie should arrive in Utah in October
More than 4,200 tiger muskies have a new home in Utah.
On Aug. 23, biologists with the Division of Wildlife Resources stocked 3- to 5-inch tiger muskies into three reservoirs in the state. A total of 150 tigers went into Bullock in northeastern Utah, Joes Valley in east-central Utah received 3,100 and Johnson in southwestern Utah got 1,000.
These are the first tigers stocked into Bullock since the DWR treated the reservoir in 2012 to remove carp and other undesirable fish.
Joes Valley and Johnson have good populations of tiger muskie. The additional fish will expand those populations and provide anglers with more chances to catch these toothy giants.
DWR hatchery workers obtained the fish in South Dakota and transported them to Utah.
Drew Cushing, warm water sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says the small tiger muskie will grow fast. "By next spring," he says, "the fish should be 15 inches long. And within five to six years, muskies that are more than four feet long should be available to catch."
And there's more good news: In October, the DWR should receive several hundred true muskie from North Carolina. Hatchery workers will take the 10-inch muskies to the DWR's hatchery at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City. By 2016, the muskies should be mature enough that hatchery workers can be take milt (sperm) from the males. Then, after taking eggs from female northern pike that are at Lee Kay, the workers will be back in business, producing tiger muskies again in Utah.
Cushing says Utah's efforts to raise its own tiger muskies suffered a blow recently when people entered the hatchery facility at night and caught all but four of the true muskies that were swimming in the ponds. Work is underway to secure the facility so people and birds can't get to the fish that arrive in October.
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