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Tiger Trout

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Streams open 1st Saturday in April

Ponds open 1st Saturday in March
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
6 (All Trout species combined)

4 in fly-fishing only water
Delaware Range
New Castle County - Christina Creek, White Clay Creek, Pike Creek, Mill Creek, Wilson Run, and Beaver Run

Kent County - Tidbury Pond

Sussex County - Newton Pond
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rarely stocked in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Tiger Trout prefer clear, cool, well-oxygenated streams.

They feed on aquatic and terrestrial insects and small fishes.
General Description
Tiger Trout possess a unique, dark maze-like pattern (“tiger stripes”) all over a brownish, gray body.

The belly is yellowish orange.
Did You Know?
Tiger Trout are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).

The Tiger Trout is a sterile hybrid of the Brown Trout and the Brook Trout.

Pound for pound, their aggression and fighting ability surpasses all other Trout.

Summer temperatures limit trout survival and reproduction in Delaware waters so stocked fish are meant to be taken, but may be released at the anglers discretion.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Tiger Trout can be caught with artificial flies and small spinners.

Live bait often includes worms.

Other common baits include corn, synthetic baits that are purchased in little jars, and even marshmallows.
Typical Sizes Caught
Stocked Tiger Trout can measure anywhere between 9 and 21 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 16 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 15 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 2 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 1.5 pounds minimum

Tiger Trout are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Trout" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
Delaware State Record
11 pounds 10 ounces
Edwin Wallace

"Trout" is a general category for Delaware records and can be any trout species.

Tiger Trout are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.