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Postby Jim111 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:21 pm

I'm afraid you lost me with the "tiger trout" comment? I've caught tiger trout in Massachusetts before, both the stocked variety and also the native, naturally occuring ones. Tiger trout that I'm familiar with are a cross between a brook trout and brown trout. Here's a link:

http://www.fieldandstream.com/article_g ... 1000014366

They are stocked in many Massachusetts lakes and even occur naturally in a few small, remote streams in the Berkshires down there. I know of one source in Ashfield , MA, for instance.
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Postby whitetail05408 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:28 pm

Jim I heard they were white bass at one time but I did not think anything of it because EVERYONE calls them white perch. EVEN places that buy them. Now if they are form of Bass that would make it ellgal for them to buy. Right?....jim s
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Postby Jim111 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:34 pm

Nope, they can be sold in VT, as they are not considered a "gamefish". White bass family are not all that closely related (other than both being considered "panfish family") to the black bass family (smallies and largemouth). I enjoy eating both species of "perch" though I greatly prefer yellows over white perch,...just a personal preference. Like the fellow from Maine pointed out, BOTH are good table fare! :D -Jim
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Postby litchfield fisher » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:56 am

really up here yellow perch are called tiger trout by most of the trout fisherman it started so that when they go home with the non fishing freinds ect they can tell them the have caught a trout when in reallity it is a yellow perch because we do not have any of the tiger trout you speak of up here the only cross of trout is splake and obviously natural occoring touge brookis brown rainbow bluback ect ect
if you enjoy spending your free time outside in the snow when its 20 degrees to drill holes through the ice chances are you are from maine
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Postby Navillus » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:46 am

That Michigan 3 lbs 12 oz state record yellow perch was 21" long, caught in Independence Lake by George Slutter in 1947.

I'm just saying .... :roll:
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Postby Jim111 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:52 am

Yup, I've heard other folks from Maine use the "tiger trout" term. If you ever get a chance to fish for the real thing though, take it. They are an incredible hybrid. They are stout and hard fighting, yet taste remarkably like a brookie. Their marking are simply unreal. Check some of the other photos that are posted online, using Google. Also, if you ever get a chance to fish for Dolly Varden trout, like in Alaska, go for it. They are very similar to brook trout (a char), both in looks and taste, yet they grow quite large. We caught them regularly in large rivers over 20 inches when living in Alaska. We were salmon fishing at the time. They are often even caught right off shore in the ocean up there! They have the coloring of a brookie, but with the forked tail of a laker (togue). Great fish, as are the true tiger trout. :D -Jim
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Postby Navillus » Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:35 am

Picture and info about Tiger Trout:
http://www.flyfishinginmaine.com/galler ... itemId=936
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Postby Jim111 » Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:29 pm

That fish looks more like a brown than the ones I've caught in Massachusetts. The ones I caught were in the 16-17 inch range and looked much like the one pictured below. I've heard of tigers being caught in Mass up to 7 pounds though! Notice the small, brookie-like tail on this fish....-Jim

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Postby MNwallyfisher » Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:47 pm

That you?!?!?!?! :shock:
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Postby icemantrav » Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:40 pm

no its not hes got pics in "open water" in the open forum
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Postby Jim111 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:53 pm

Trav is right. That's just a photo of a young fellow holding a small tiger trout is all. I posted the photo as the trout he's holding had about the same color pattern as the ones I have caught in the past. Bit I sure WISH I was that young again! :D -Jim
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Postby JRD » Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:19 pm

all i know is i gotta get out to Vt. for some perch fishing - some of those fish are are fricken huge - I've been fishing or perch since i was old enough to bait a hook - born and raised in northern Michigan(Houghten Lake) and the biggest perch I've ever caught was probably only -maybe - 14 inch's - i consider it a good day if i can sort through 20 or 30 fish and come up with a dozen over 10-11 inches..
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Postby Shawn Hayes » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:02 pm

Thats a good day of perch fishing anywhere. I dont know who really needs more than 12 nice fish to eat or wants to clean a hundred fish anyway.
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Postby bradleyroy » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:38 pm

if you want to come up here just for perchin, let me know. ive never had much perch luck up here...
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Postby snogoose » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:38 pm

This was a fun thread! Let me just say that pound for pound information-wise, I wouldn't challenge our moderator! Wish I'd had a bag of popcorn for this thread! It was really entertaining! :lol:
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