December 27, 2013
What's the Weirdest Species You've Ever Caught?
By Tim Romano
Last week I shared with you a little photo slideshow of the Green River as it meanders from Colorado through the Gates of Lodore and into Utah. That was the first time I had floated that section but have floated the A, B, and C sections above many times while fishing for trout. The photo above is guide extraordinaire and one of the Green's river keeper of sorts Charlie Card with a local resident and native to the river called a pikeminnow.
It's an endangered fish and not legal to target, but that obviously doesn't stop it from eating streamers while swinging them for the big browns that the Green River is famous for. Charlie sent me the photo after I returned off my float on the Green to ask if I had seen any while we were down there. I didn't, but it got me thinking about all the strange species that are out there in the world and the few random ones that I've caught — some of which are quite close to home. What about you? What's the weirdest thing you've pulled up?
Oh and if you've never seen or floated or fished the Green, do yourself a favor and look up Charlie and book him for a trip. He's one of the best on the river and devotes a ton of his time to protecting it as well. The Green has been and will continue to be under threat from a thirsty populous in Colorado and beyond. To learn more about this issues and why fish like the pikeminnow need all the help they can get, visit http://ourdamwater.org/.