Otisco Lake tiger muskies: CNY fishing group advocates ‘catch and release’ of the big ones

Otisco Lake tiger muskies: CNY fishing group advocates ‘catch and release’ of the big ones
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One thing for certain about Otisco Lake.

The tiger muskie population there has taken hold in this easternmost Finger Lake and it has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the best – if not the best — tiger muskie fishery in the state.

This winter’s ice fishing season has seen at least three, tigers measuring more than 45 inches caught through the ice. The biggest was 47 inches, There have also reports in recent years of anglers landing fish in the 50-inch range during the open water fishing months.

The stories of the three big fish caught this winter through the ice, though, have resulted in more anglers than usual flocking to the lake and raised the level of discussion about fishing practices – specifically, whether big tigers should be kept to eat or for trophy mounts, or released in ways to ensure their survival to fight another day.

Among those individuals that favor the latter approach are the members of Muskies Inc., Central New York Chapter 70.

Trevor Thieme, of…

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