Fishing

Catch a tiger trout, and a state record, in Eastern Idaho

There is a state record fish swimming in Jim Moore Pond near Roberts.

OK, there are probably dozens of state records to be had.

In April, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game stocked 3,600 catchable-sized tiger trout in the tiny impoundment south of Roberts. Jim Moore used to be called Roberts Gravel Pond.

The fish are the first of their kind in Idaho, which makes every one of them a potential state record, said Dan Garren, fisheries manager in the Upper Snake Region.

Tigers are a sterile cross between brown trout and brook trout. They are a voracious predator that have been stocked in other states to thin populations of other fish, such as chubs and perch.

The newly stocked tigers are between 11 and 13 inches. They weigh roughly a half pound, but they are expected to grow quickly - and grow quite large. Angler Greg Daley caught the Utah state record tiger from Boulder Mountain Reservoir. It weighed seven pounds and nine ounces. It was 27 inches long.

“They are reputed to be more aggressive than other trout species and they eat a lot of fish,” Garren said. “We are hoping to use them to control perch at Jim Moore.”

Garren hopes the tigers will feast on the pond’s stunted perch population, thinning it enough to allow the remaining perch to grow larger.

Larger perch should make anglers happy. So should large tigers.

“It is a win-win,” Garren said.

The catchable tigers are the first stocked in the state. They will eventually be stocked in waters in the Salmon and Lewiston regions, Garren said.

“That means we are going to have new state records,” he said.

Since they are new to the region, Garren said anglers will have a learning curve for catching them. He suggests flashy lures and gawdy streamers.

“Hopefully, anglers will quickly figure it out,” Garren said.

In the Salmon Region, fisheries manager Greg Schoby said 1,500 tigers will be stocked in Wallace Lake as early as mid May. Schoby hopes the tigers will feast on Wallace’s shiners

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