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Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout.
I ask because I have been fishing waters that have tigers in them.

Tried worm no wait down deep. white tube jigs, spinners, flies. Catching the crap out of the rainbows but no big tigers yet.

Thanks for your input.

FNFCool
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Re: [fishinfool] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
My best baits are rapalas type crankbaits early mornings in the shallow
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Try adding some cut bait to your tube jigs. Also, whole small minnows (dead of course) work well. They will also hit spinners and flies. Perhaps you just haven't been fishing where the tiger trout are in the body of water(s) you have been fishing. I have noticed they tend to school more than some species do.


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Re: [kentofnsl] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
I have been tipping with nightcrawler but will get me some minnows. I have been in the right area since there are bank anglers catching them on power bait. right in front of me. I am not seeing the fish stacked up on the bottom like cutts do at the berry. but I do get an occasional mark on the bottom on my jig just like the cutts do they are just not hitting it. Get a look and then they leave. So maybe they want minnow.

Thanks for your advice.

fnfCool
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That is interesting that they are catching them on powerbait. It has been my experience that is a poor choice to catch tiger trout.


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Re: [kentofnsl] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
I don't think they are targeting them just fishing and get lucky. Wink
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Re: [Muskybee] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
Thanks, Do tiger tend to be shallow most the time? Maybe I am fishing to deep.
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Re: [fishinfool] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
The only ones I've caught have been with a fly and bubble in the lakes along the Mirror Lake highway. I don't really know the feeding characteristics of Tiger Trout but I wouldn't think that they'd be much different from all other trout. But I think using hardware would be a better choice than bait.
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Re: [fishinfool] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
They will feed on minnows much shallower then most trout for sure.

If you are not catching Tiger Trout, fish larger, much more agressive, and minnow like baits. That has always been the key for me.
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Re: [Anglinarcher] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
4 lucky craft pointer minnow. Early and late on the day.

Near shore especially once the water starts to cool.
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Re: [fishinfool] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
Open water it's always been rapalas or some other swimbait, on ice I've had luck with a minnow or giant mealworm on a 1/32 or 1/16 oz jig head. I've had tigers follow a rap over and over and then when I let it sink to the bottom once they'll nail it.
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I am certain ly not an expert, but we had one killer day (four of us) a couple years ago fishing with casting bubbles and sinking Rapalas.

In high lakes one "go-to" technique some random guy taught me years ago in tbe Uintas, is to "sink a bubble". You fill a clear casting bubble (the kind you'd use to tow a fly with spinning gear) all the way so it sinks, but very slowly, and you can cast halfway across the lake. Then you can begin a slow, creeping retrieve at any depth.

This works with nymphs, streamers, jigs and plastics, and spinners and small spoons that don't mind the slow retrieve, and worms rigged kind of like a trolling-style crawler harness, or on a small bass worm hook. I'm sure it would work with deal minnows, etc, too.

But, with a neutral or sinking Rapala or Lucky Craft you get a LONG cast and a tight but lazy, jerky wobble on a slow retrieve.
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Re: [fishinfool] Best techniques for catching Tiger Trout. In reply to
My best luck (albeit limited) with catching the most elusive of trout species has been at dusk or later when its pitch black, using big dark colored streamers. I've also caught them early morning before the sun hits the water. The big ones tend to hunker down in the middle of the day and go on the prowl late evening to early morning, similar to their step brother (browns). Its funny how some reservoirs have them where you never hear a peep about anyone catching them. While other lakes and reservoirs you hear about them all the time. I think this is partly due to how tight-lipped anglers are about these fish.
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If you're just looking to scratch a bucket list fish off, regardless of size, I've had a lot of luck with just a night crawler and brown wooly bugger in the Uinta's, particularly Washington. Tons of dinkers in there up shallow, so you have to kind of sneak up on them. You'll also catch a lot of rainbows and brooks too, so it may be slightly difficult to target specifically Tigers.