World Record Tiger Muskie Caught in Idaho
The Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program is pleased to announce the acceptance of a Tiger “Hybrid” Muskellunge weighing 44-pound 4-ounces as its new record. This giant Tiger, caught by Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, from Little Payette Lake, Idaho, was 52.5-inches long and carried a full 25-inch girth. Mr. Kalinowski’s fish has also been recognized as the new Idaho State record Hybrid Tiger muskie.
Kalinowski’s catch is the first modern day world record “tiger” (hybrid) muskellunge in the eight year history of the Modern Day Record Program. Hybrid muskies that meet the 40-pound minimum weight for modern day record consideration are exceedingly rare. In modern times, “tiger” muskie (muskie x northern pike) stocking programs have been established in many states, however; the rare natural “tiger” was once unrecognized and grouped with muskie records.
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