Tiger trout in southern Utah are always on the prowl. Though many anglers have not heard of this sterile, intergeneric hybrid of the brown and brook trout, states across the country have utilized these beautiful fish to enhance fisheries and catch rates for decades.
Notorious as being highly piscivorous (fish-eating), Tiger Trout are a good control against rough fish populations. 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. Most tigers found in the western states are solely artificially produced, but some wild fish manage to show up in other states such as Wisconsin.
Fremont River Guides often chase Tiger Trout on Utah’s Boulder Mountain as well as Fishlake. Large fish are taken each season over 20 inches and in good numbers. These vast lakes and streams make it difficult for the average visiting angler to find the larger tigers, and a guide is the best bet if you have limited time and want to increase your chances of success. Expect to venture out for a full day as these lakes and streams are somewhat remote and require a 4×4 vehicle, atv’s or some hiking.