Electrofishing Reveals Tiger Trout Behavior, Fishing Secret
December 1, 2016
"This number of tiger trout was interesting to us because we usually pick up few trout by boat electrofishing," AZGFD Reservoir Biologist Sally Petre said. "It seems as though the tiger trout behave a bit differently than rainbow trout and hang out in the shallows - where we shock - instead of deeper water."
Anglers: with about another month remaining before lakes begin to freeze in higher elevations, it's time to get out and wrestle with a tiger.
For the first time in Arizona, we've been stocking them into Carnero, Becker, willow springs and Woods Canyon lakes. See where these lakes are located. Also, many tigers seem to be growing larger and developing bolder lines and darker scales.
The best fishing for tiger trout, which can be distinguished from rainbow trout by their tiger-like or blotchy pattern on their body (compared to the rainbow trout's small black spots), has typically been at Woods Canyon Lake.
Tiger trout Fishing Tactics
Some fly anglers have had success fishing from a float tube, and casting flies such as woolly buggers from deeper water toward the shorelines and stripping quickly back. Also try meal worms, nightcrawlers, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, spoons, and Roostertails. Another successful fly has been almost any nymph.
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At Carnero, fishing is difficult for tiger trout because of the low water and thick weeds, but can be good if you can get to an open spot of water. There is a two-fish bag limit at Carnero and it's restricted to artificial flies and lures only.