Tiger Muskellunge (Tiger Muskie)
Like other pikes, this fish has a duckbill-shaped snout, large mouth with many sharp teeth and a single dorsal fin, which is similar in shape and size to the anal fin, and both are positioned far back, near the forked tail fin. As a hybrid of muskellunge and northern pike, it shares characteristics of both its parents, often with some variability. Usually there are vertical dark bars on a lighter background, but sometimes the pattern is more like that of a northern pike, where the body is dark and the markings light. It is deeper-bodied than either muskellunge or northern pike, and the tail fin is more rounded than that of the muskellunge. Also, there are 5-7 pores on each side of the lower jaw, while the muskellunge has 6-9 pores and the northern pike has 5.