We decided that with the upcoming trip to Isaak’s Ranch we should repost some information on both Tiger Trout AND Isaak’s Ranch. First off, Isaak’s is an incredible “pay to play” lake in Central Washington located near Coulee City. We are taking a group there on April 16th and it is being hosted by Joe Rotter from Red’s. The trout are incredible here! The natural water source of the lake simply grows big trout. Some of which are Tiger Trout, a few Browns, and primarily hard fighting giant Rainbows.
$225 per angler (plus tax)
Wade, Float Tube, or Pontoon (most anglers wade)
April 16th, May 19th, or May 25th
Anglers supply their own flies, tippet, and lunch
If you hurt your arm fighting big fish that is your problem, don’t blame us!
Call 509.933.2300 to sign up, space is limited so book now.
A few days ago an angler at Isaak’s Ranch caught this 11 pound Tiger Trout, that is huge. It wasn’t far off the state record! These fish are very aggressive and are super cool looking to boot. This photo has been circulating around the internet and courtesy of one of our guides, a friend of the angler, we got permission to post a shot of this beast. After gawking at this photo for a while, we thought it might be nice to post a definition of what a Tiger Trout is.
We do know that in many lakes of Eastern Washington that have Tiger Trout, using larger than average size leeches like #6′s and #4′s is a sure fire way to entice the biggest fish.
Here is a picture of a really cool looking Tiger Trout, check out that hooked jaw! We fish a lake that has some fantastic fish in it. These Tigers bite well and are so cool looking! The lake we fish is Isaak’s Ranch.
The tiger trout (Salmo trutta X Salvelinus fontinalis) is a sterile, intergeneric hybrid of the brown trout (Salmo trutta) and the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). The name derives from the pronounced vermiculations, evoking the stripes of a tiger. Oh yes, they bite and fight like a Tiger too. It is a rare phenomenon in the wild, with the brook trout having 84 chromosomes and the brown trout 80. Records show instances as far back as 1944.
Tiger trout can be produced reliably in hatcheries. This is done by fertilizing brown trout eggs with brook trout milt and heat shocking them, which causes creation of an extra set of chromosomes and increases survival from 5% to 85%. Tiger trout have been reported to grow faster than natural species, though this assessment is not universal, and they have been widely stocked for sport fishing. Sweet.
Tiger trout are known to be highly piscivorous (fish-eating….. this means they EAT STREAMERS!!!!), and are a good control against rough fish populations. They devour sunfish. This makes tigers popular with many fish stocking programs, such as with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Their own population numbers can be tightly controlled as well, since they are sterile.
Many states have had stocking programs for tiger trout. A 20-pound-plus world-record tiger was caught in the Great Lakes. An 11 pound rock hard leviathan was caught at Isaak’s Ranch a few days ago.