Survival of the Tiger Muskellunge Hybrid in Two Southwestern Michigan Lakes
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Water quality and vegetation were studied in two small lakes in southwestern lower Michigan from July through August, 1979. Alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and temperature profiles, transparency readings, and direct observation showed water quality to be high. Macrophyte vegetation was rich and diverse. Vegetational types and densities were mapped for future study and reference. Stocking programs with the tiger muskellunge hybrid, a cross between Esox masquinongy immaculatis (pure northern muskellunge) and Esox lucius (northern pike), in both lakes were reviewed. From a background of literature available on the tiger muskellunge it was felt that the stocking programs should continue and would be more successful if the size of the individuals in the plantings was increased and they were planted at earlier dates.