Here’s an interesting little tidbit from Japan. A scientist at Kyoto University found that an indigenous landlocked salmon species declared extinct by the government 70 years ago isn’t extinct at all. Professor Tetsuji Nakabo examined nine specimens from Lake Saiko and is pretty darn sure they are “kunimasu” salmon. Originally the fish were thought to be native only to Lake Tazawa, and were killed off by an influx of acidic water that started in the 1940s. Here’s the full story from the Japan Times Online.
I guess I like this story because I’m a dreamer, and always think about catching fish that aren’t really supposed to be there. As an example, Atlantic salmon historically ran rivers from Nova Scotia to New Jersey, but warming waters, pollution, dams, and sprawl have confined natives to the Canadian Provinces. But does it mean there aren’t a handful of Atlantics that still run past Philadelphia and hang out up the street from my house in the Delaware River? Most likely there are not, but is it outside the realm of possibility?
Bodies of water, regardless of size, are mysterious. They’re not easy to explore. When I fished Lake McConaughy in Nebraska this summer, I saw mounts and heard stories of giant striped bass that once flourished and are now supposedly gone. Because they’re supposedly gone, no one targets them. In my mind that could mean there are a few uber-monster cows still in that lake, happily feeding without a care in the world.
Have any of you ever caught a fish that wasn’t supposed to be there?