Tiger Trout, a hybrid cross between a male Brown Trout and a female Brook Trout, has a unique, dark maze-like pattern all over a brownish, gray body. The belly is yellowish orange as are the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins. The tail fin is square.
Tiger trout are quite piscivorous (fish eaters) from an early age. They seem to be more willing to hunt for prey in shallower waters than many other trout subspecies are. Fisheries managers hope that tiger trout will keep Utah chubs from outcompeting and overrunning other game fish in many of Utah's reservoirs, such as Joe's Valley and now also in Scofield Reservoir, as well as many others.
Tigers are also supposed to be more resistant to diseases such as whirling disease, which makes them a good choice for stocking in waters that are known to be infested with whirling disease.
Tiger trout are rapidly becoming one of the most popular trout species in Utah. This is most likely in part due to their brilliant, beautifully colored skin and hard fighting abilities.
In the last 2 years, Tiger Trout have been stocked in many more waters in Utah. They are now found across the state, in lakes and even in some rivers such as the Weber.
Tiger trout are very piscivorous, meaning they love to eat smaller fish. Knowing this, to target them, use small lures and bait the imitate small fish. Soom good examples are spinners, jigs, crankbaits (think Rapalas), and dead minnows for bait.
Tigers will also hit flies (particularly good are wooly buggers), and other bait such as worms, but you'll have the most success with lures imitating small fish.