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Lake: Saint Marys Lake
Fish: Tiger Trout

Crazy Mutant Fish

Post By: Mattastrophy      Posted: 8/20/2018 12:12:20 AM     Points: 1159    
I was finally able to get another bucket list species. I took my daughters hiking/fishing to Saint Marys Lake and we got into some Tiger Trout and a couple Brook Trout.

I caught one though that looked a little odd (First Picture)! As I took the lure out of his lip I noticed that he had a weird pointed protrusion under his jaw on his throat. Has anyone ever seen this before? This poor guy has had it rough because as I examined him I looked to the other side of his body and he was missing an eye!

Would the two be related or just coincidence?

Back to the species, they are such neat fish. I love the markings on them and the colors.

Normally I think Brook Trout are one of my favorite fish, but the ones we caught out of Saint Marys Lake were not as colorful and neat looking. May just be the time of year compared to other times I have caught them, but the Tigers took all the focus this time.

Our biggest fish of the day was only 11 inches but man, another fun day fishing in an absolutely beautiful place. Plus both my girls caught a Tiger Trout. We were ecstatic.

We even got to see some folks jumping off the cliffs!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 8/20/2018 8:07:59 AM     Points: 14439    
Cool on taking one off the bucket list with your daughters. As for the Mutant, I see deformed fish all the time. Nothing strange or crazy, just like humans they have birth defects, injuries or diseases that may deform them a bit.
 Reply by: hookncook      Posted: 8/20/2018 9:51:59 AM     Points: 12    
That could have been a hatchery fish and who knows what kind of deformity they can get in a raceway.
 Reply by: Mattastrophy      Posted: 8/20/2018 11:52:33 AM     Points: 1159    
Yes, I assumed it was from an anomaly in the genetic tampering when producing these sterile fish. But that one also having a missing eye was just weird to see. I was curious if it was a symptom of any disease.

If it was then I wanted all of you to know about it and take proper precautions when using gear from this lake to another and vice versa.

knowledge is the key, right?