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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:19 pm
bigfoot


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I usually don't post OT stuff but this story is too good to pass up. A bass fisherman in Idaho caught a catfish described as "lemon-yellow, almost 3 feet long, weighs 15 pounds, 10 ounces". It matches the description of no other catfish. With picture.

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If the above doesn't work, here's the link again:

http://159.54.226.83/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050721/OUTDOORS/507210368/1034
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:16 pm
jelorian


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Location: South San Francisco

Looks like an albino to me. Although rare, they aren't uncommon in nature.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:54 pm
hikingjay


Posts: 93

It's an albino channel catfish. Wow, must be desperate for news up there! These are actually quite easy to identify, and the fact that this guy is a guide and couldn't identify it makes me wonder how good of a guide he is.

Other albino channel cats:



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:32 pm
bigfoot


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My point wasn't so much that the fish was unusual or some manner of undiscovered species, but that not knowing what it was, he let it go and didn't even think of keeping it. I've just seen more than my share of people on piers with dead little 2-3" fish that they've kept and ask, "What kind of fish is this?"
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2005 5:04 pm
bungle


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Location: Oakland

A great point to emphasize, BF.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 2:12 pm
predator


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I, personally, have seen one of these "white" catfish myself.

Once, and only once - at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton.

Tiny little lake, the damn fish is probably still there.

We were on a boat, fishing for bass. In about 8 feet of clear water, I looked down and saw it. Tried to drop my rig in front of him(after setting a worm up), and he didn't take. Dropped the rig on his head, and he swam away SLOWLY. Like he didn't even care. Off into the dark, and he was gone. Wife saw him, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:11 pm
ogreen


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The location was actually Salem, Oregon. The Willamette runs from the Columbia in Portland to it's headwaters in the Cascade Mountains outside of Eugene. As far as I know that section of river under the bridge harbors very few catfish (at least for me:). Usually too cold, the 100 degree weather they have been having could have brought channels that far upriver.
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