Tiger Muskie

The Tiger Muskellunge, commonly called Tiger Muskie, is a carnivorous fish, and is the sterile hybrid offspring of the true Muskellunge and the Northern Pike. It is produced in hatcheries throughout North America and is commonly stocked as a biological control for unwanted fish species. Tiger Muskie, like Pike and Muskellunge, have long, cylindrical-shaped bodies. They have skinny and compressed heads and the bottom jaw is elongated with an upward curve, known as a duckbill-shape. Its pattern is varying amounts of color with vertical dark stripes and spots on a light background, the opposite color scheme of a Northern Pike.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Esox masquinongy x Esox lucius
CLASSIFICATION
Fish
LIFE SPAN
6-12 Years
SIZE
12-40 ” | 1-18 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Unprotected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Tiger Muskie live in fresh water and its range extends to Canada, the Northeast, and the Midwest of the United States. It is currently stocked in Chimney Reservoir as a means of biological control for other fish species.

Threats

  • Disease

Natural History

Tiger Muskie is a usually-sterile hybrid of the muskellunge and northern pike. The species lives in cold, fresh waters. They originated in Canada and is now found throughout the mid-westand west. Tiger muskie is a carnivorous fish . The species hides in shallow brush waiting to ambush it’s prey.