Tiger Muskie - Esox lucius x E. masquinongy

Tiger Muskie - Photo credit: Maryland Dept of Natural Resources

Habitat requirements and life history: The tiger muskie, a hatchery fish, is a sterile hybrid cross between the muskellunge and the northern pike. Tiger muskies prey on suckers, fallfish and large minnows. Both northern pike and tiger muskies are occasionally stocked in the SuAsCo watershed; see the Mass Wildlife fish stocking page for more information. (Source: Massachusetts Wildlife, No. 2, 2000, Special Fishing Issue and AMC Guide to Freshwater Fishing in New England)

Total length: 28-36 inches by 4th or 5th year
Pollution tolerance (US EPA):

Number of fish found during 1954 & 2001 Fish Surveys*

Location No. of Fish 1954 No. of Fish 2001
Assabet River 0 1
Total 0 1

*Data sources:
DFW. 2001. Assabet Watershed Fish Survey. Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), Westborough, MA.

Schlotterbeck, L.C. and W.A. Tompkins. 1954. "A Fisheries Investigation of the Merrimack and Ipswich River Drainages." Bureau of Wildlife Research and Management, Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Westborough, MA.