fish id help

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by triploidjunkie, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    This was found in the okanogan river Saturday. Any clue as to wtf it is? Some people are guessing snakehead, but I hope not.

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  2. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    looks like a catfish of some sort. From what's in the lower river I'd say bullhead or channel catfish.
  3. Smalma Active Member

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    One of the armored catfish??

    Something from the aquarium trade that was dumped into the river; unlikely to survive in this area but such releases have been a problem in Florida.

    Curt
  4. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    definetly doesn't look like a snakehead. man thats weird, was it alive when found? almost looks like some prehistoric fossil or something.
  5. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I think Smalma is closer on the catfish ID than I am. Looks like an armored aquarium cat...big one.
  6. Porter Active Member

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    Yuck...I thought snakehead when I first saw it but really don't know. Teeth?

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  7. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Holy shit an alien!
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  8. GAT Active Member

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    That's how I have it figured!
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  9. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Ex-wife flashback.
  10. Gary C. Brown Les Paul Lover

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  11. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    "wtf"?? is that shorthand for "what the fish" it is? I'm still sticking with armored catfish as I think Smalma was correct.
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  12. Steve Call Active Member

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    I saw one just like it watching Men in Black II the other night!
  13. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Who said there ain't no Aliens? !!! Hell yeah!
  14. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I second the armored catfish. looks like it's missing it's outer layer (skin dessicated and got real thin?)

    Hell of a thing to find on any river...creepy.
  15. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    So from what I've read, an armored catfish is what is more commonly known as a"algae eater" in almost every aquarium ever?
  16. Kevin J. Burnham Active Member

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    Wow !! I'm an aquarium guy have not seen anything like that. Did you happen to see Sigourney Weaver walking around at the same time ?
  17. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    What about this one? A talking catfish from the Amazon region?

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  18. dflett68 Active Member

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    you're thinking of a plecostomus (sp?), and that's not one. it's definitely a catfish, definitely not a bullhead or channel cat, or any other north american cat i've ever seen or heard of. no way it's a snakehead.
  19. dflett68 Active Member

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    has it said anything?
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  20. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    think you just got it. though i have no idea what something like that would ever be doing in a river in washington.