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Message Subject: Mountain West Tiger Muskie Research
Posted 5/15/2017 5:32 PM (#861741)
Subject: Mountain West Tiger Muskie Research

Posts: 137

Location: Utah
Chapter 65 Mountain West Muskie received grant funds from Muskies, Inc. Board of Directors Fisheries and Research Committee to perform a 3-year angler-driven study of the age, growth and abundance of tiger muskie in Pineview Reservoir, Utah. Using angler collected information to characterize the age distribution, growth, and numbers of tiger muskie in Pineview Reservoir, Utah.

Tiger muskie anglers from Chapter 65 partnered with state fisheries biologists to collect pelvic fin rays from fish caught via hook and line and chapter members will tag those fish caught as part of a study to estimate abundance of tiger muskie in the reservoir. Information gained will allow biologists and anglers to make more informed decisions about future management of tiger muskie population in this premier tiger muskie fishery and other newer tiger muskie fisheries within the state. Chapter 65 members and biologists will have the goal of catching, tagging, and taking fin ray samples from a minimum of 100 fish.

Formal classroom training and hands on demonstrate training was conducted on 27 April by DNR Biologist Mr. Chris Penne on clipping fin rays and tagging. Members were able to practice the techniques on harvested Wipers from Willard Bay, UT. Trained members received an authorization letter from Mr. Penne to perform the pelvic fin ray clipping and tagging to carry with them. Thus far members have clipped and tagged about a dozen Pineview tiger muskies.

This will be a very interesting study for the chapter with a great deal of biological information gained about tiger muskies as currently there is very little information on the muskellunge hybrid besides basic information. It is believed by the DNR this will be the first ever specific tiger muskie study ever done including the first time the DNR has allowed trained anglers to clip fin rays and tag fish in the state of Utah.
Will Schultz
Posted 5/31/2017 8:34 AM (#863352 - in reply to #861741)
Subject: Re: Mountain West Tiger Muskie Research

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
This type of cooperative research is great and really a direction fisheries managers need to embrace.
Posted 6/3/2017 8:51 AM (#863761 - in reply to #863352)
Subject: Re: Mountain West Tiger Muskie Research

Posts: 1952

Location: Green Bay, WI
I'm certainly very happy to see that MI is giving grants for this type of research. And it's also great to see that these folks are working directly with their state's fisheries biologists. I wholeheartedly agree with Will in that we definitely need this level of collaboration and rapport with state conservation agencies.

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