The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery and the Union City Fish Hatchery of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently collaborated on a project to provide the stocking of the lower Spring River with tiger Muskies.
Tiger muskies are a favorite of many anglers and can be challenging to catch. These fish are hybrids between muskellunge and northern pike, which can grow to a maximum of 53 to 64 inches.
This recent project began when the muskie eggs arrived at the Jim Hinkle Hatchery in May of 2004. The eggs were incubated in 53-degree water, and they hatched May 10.
Ten days after hatching, Rob Underwood moved the fry to a round tank with 61-degree water.
The fry were fed fathead minnows and trout starter food which continued until they were introduced into the Spring River on Aug. 3. at the Harold E. Alexander Access.
The fry were 2 1/2 inches long at that time.
The current Arkansas state record tiger muskie (23 pounds, 12 ounces) was caught in the Spring River in 1995.