Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist Carrie Tucker caught a 44-inch, 22-pound tiger muskie in Colorado earlier this week during a gillnet survey.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the massive tiger muskie (nearly equal in size to a 6-year-old child) was reeled in at a Deweese Reservoir located in Custer County, just north of Westcliffe.
During a gillnet survey today of the 300-acre lake in DeWeese Reservoir State Wildlife Area near Westcliffe in Custer County, @COParksWildlife aquatic biologist Carrie Tucker pulled in a 44-inch, 22-pound tiger muskie. Here’s why CPW stocks tiger muskies: https://t.co/2V78hHfWyt pic.twitter.com/i8xxSRRsrA
— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) October 9, 2019
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the tiger muskie, a hybrid of Northern Pike and Muskellunge (muskie), plays an important role in the management of fisheries across Colorado. In an effort to control undesirable species in lakes and reservoirs, 15,000 tiger muskies will be stocked throughout the state this year, including Evergreen Reservoir, Antero Reservoir, Pinewood Reservoir, and Big Creek along with Gross Reservoir.
Tiger muskie; the role of this silent predator in Colorado’s waters | Watch our aquatic biologists stock them in Gross Reservoir on Sept. 10 and read all about their role in the 29 bodies of water they get stocked into.
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) October 3, 2019
The current record for largest muskie caught in Colorado is 40 pounds, two ounces, which was caught by Jason Potter at Quincy Reservoir in Arapahoe County in 1994.
The bag and possession limit for tiger muskies in Colorado is one fish. Fish must be at least 36 inches long to keep. A Colorado fishing license is also required for anyone 16 years of age or older. For more information, click here.
For more information on state angling and fishing records for Colorado, click here.
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