What do you get when you cross a brown trout with a female brook trout? Well, experts that produced the artificial hybrid (because it very rarely happens in nature) found that you get what has been aptly named the tiger trout.
The trout have dark stripes over a brownish body, which led to their moniker. They are typically between 10 and 16 inches in length and can weigh up to 5 pounds.The record for the largest tiger trout is currently 15 pounds.
The species name is Salmo trutta x Salvelinus fontinalis, a nod to both its parents. The brown trout originated from Europe and western Asia. The brook trout was originally found in the eastern U.S. and Canada. The tiger trout itself is sterile so lakes have to be restocked with the hybrid species as it very seldom occurs naturally. Continue reading