I have never caught a tiger musky so I can't comment on the fighting antics or ability of those crossbreeds...I mean hybrids. I have caught large northern pike and can attest that they put up a tremendous acrobatic, tail walking, head shaking, absolute fit, not unlike a 3 year old in the grocery store!silver lake west of Spokane has a very prolific population of Pike, and Newman lake east of Spokane has some unbelievable Tiger Muskie fishing. I fished for them several times, and found the Hype to be anticlimactic when I finally caught a couple, ive been told that the native Pike in Canada and the upper Midwest fight much better than planted muskies.
Sweet? Lake Tapps near Tacoma? That's not too far at all. I'll definitely plan a trip up there in the spring! I've only fished for Northern Pike in the summer with largemouth bass gear (mostly crank baits and very large spoons). Pretty much the same for tiger musky?I've guided on all 7 lakes in Washington with the tiger muskies and the above stated places are a blast. If you want something a little closer, Merwin and Mayfield have huge populations of very big fish. Merwin is east of Woodland and Mayfield is east of Chehalis. Lake Tapps is by far my favorite though. If any of you ever head up to fish em, PM me first and I'll tell you what you need to know to catch em.