Washington angler David Hickman bagged a potential state-record tiger muskie in Lake Curlew, one of the state’s best tiger muskie fisheries.
According to the Spokesman-Review, Hickman landed the 37-pound, 14-ounce catch on July 25. The monster fish surpassed the current tiger muskie record of 31.25 pounds set back in 2001.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently reviewing the catch, but it’s pretty much a shoe-in for the official Washington record tiger muskie.
“The paperwork still needs two more signatures to make it official, but I think it’s safe to say that it will be the new state record,” said Washington fisheries biologist Kent Mayer.
Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist Bill Baker said Hickman’s big tiger muskie catch in Lake Curlew isn’t surprising.
“Curlew is very productive and I think the lake produces arguably the fastest-growing and most robust tiger muskies in the state,” Baker said.
Washington has produced eight of the top 13 all-tackle record tiger muskies in the country, and eight of the top 10 tiger muskie records for fly fishing, According to Muskies Inc. “Lunge Log“.
Fisheries stock tiger muskie because they are attractive catches to trophy anglers. The super aggressive species is a hybrid between muskellunge and northern pike. They are usually sterile, which makes them fairly easy to control.
If you want to see how ferocious tiger muskie can be, watch the video below.
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