Fish Lake and Tiger Trout??

Nate Dutton

I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!
#1
So i went to college in Cheney and was so hooked on amber lake (i guess that happens when you have 20+ fish days out there pretty consistently :rofl:) that i really didn't put my time in at Fish lake. I fished it 3 times, i trolled it with buggers and didn't turn anything up except a few sunfish. We then trolled roostertails and caught a few tiger trout (the targeted species) anyways, how are tigers different? Are there special holding areas? Is fly selection different? How do i catch a tiger trout over 12" in that lake??? Any help or past experience would be helpful!
 

CLO

Future WFF Mod
#2
The state record tiger was from Fish Lake in Cheney, 8 pounds or something like that. Tigers like to chase things so streamers work the best IMO. Maybe try big and bright streamers...
 
#4
The state record Tiger Trout out of Fish Lake was 13.25 lbs. It looked like a decent sized chinook. Not a bad fish for a small put-and-take lake.

As for how to catch big tigers, I would go after them like big browns. Big streamers at low light times of day. There are also some nice brookies in there which I did well on fishing chironomids last May.

good luck

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Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
#5
Casting to the lillies was always productive there when I was a kid. Haven't fished fish lake for at least 15 years though.
 

Nate Dutton

I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!
#8
Thanks for all the input guys! So it looks like its going to be a streamer game by the lillies......so you think its worth trying to troll the depths with a bugger or are they more structured focused? Brookies too? on chronos? Wow! In deep parts of the lake or off the lillies too? seems like you would get a lot of pumpkin seeds and what not if you did it by the lillies. Thanks for the info!
 

alpinetrout

Banned or Parked
#9
Thanks for all the input guys! So it looks like its going to be a streamer game by the lillies......so you think its worth trying to troll the depths with a bugger or are they more structured focused? Brookies too? on chronos? Wow! In deep parts of the lake or off the lillies too? seems like you would get a lot of pumpkin seeds and what not if you did it by the lillies. Thanks for the info!
Trolling buggers, especially from a tube or pontoon, is about the most ineffective way of streamer fishing out there. Fan casting and retrieving your flies allows you to cover a lot more productive water with a more life-like retrieve, rather than a slow swim that no real baitfish would ever employ when passing by a big predator. It's more work than simply dragging line behind the boat, but if you want consistent results, you have to work for them. If you're worried about pumpkinseeds, you're fishing flies that are too small.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#12
Thank you Trout Master with the upside down friend avatar. So, bigger bugs to avoid pumpkin seeds. I got it. What fish eat the sunfish? Sunfish on the fly...big trout on the sunfish on the fly...is that still fly fishing or has it devolved to bait fishing? Thanks again.
 
#13
One reason I think for tiger trout plants in some lakes like Nunnally was to help with the sunfish, Tigers are supposed to eat em(taste like chicken). They may help but the little ones hide in the reeds so can keep reproduceing.