Why did we choose tiger muskies? It is one of the most sought-after game fish in North America and is a carnivorous fish. The tiger muskie is a usually sterile hybrid offspring of the true muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) and the northern pike (Esox lucius). It lives in freshwater and its range extends to Canada, the Northeast and the Midwest parts of the United States. It grows quickly; in one study a tiger muskie grew 1.5 times as fast as muskellunge. Trophy specimens weigh about 30 pounds. Its main diet is fish and small birds. The pattern of the tiger muskie is varying amounts of color with vertical dark stripes on a light background. The pattern on a tiger muskie very rarely is the same as a northern pike. The body is deeper than the body of either parent fish, but that is common in hybrid fish. The caudal fins are more rounded than the tails of true muskies.
The stocking game plan for fall of 2013 is largemouth bass, northern pike, and tiger musky.
We cannot stress enough the importance of following the Illinois Department of Natural Resources state wide creel and size limits. Please practice catch and release on Long Lake!
Additional fish fund donations were made locally from Yvonne’s Bar, A&N Liquor and Swany’s Boat Ramp. Thank you for keeping our lake stocked. We will continue our local fish fund donation program and are open to suggestions. Thank you again for all the local support.