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Post By: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/8/2022 10:20:51 PM     Points: 178    
Looking for stories/pics of unusual fish. Things like deformities, growth patterns, shapes, behaviors, colors etc. I have a bunch of them but one that stands out is an 8 lb. rainbow from Antero 3 years ago. She had the biggest-sharpest teeth I have ever seen-which is surprising for a female. Tore my knuckles up and bled for a long time. The weirdest thing was cleaning her. She was absolutely stuffed with six rainbows from 6-9 inches. Of course my knuckles managed to get shredded again. Took over a week to heal!! Cant believe that fish was hungry enough to hit my wooly bugger. Sorry no pic!!
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 11/9/2022 7:21:18 AM     Points: 2868
My weirdest catches weren't fish Got a giant snapping turtle on a mister twister worm. Caught a pelican on a trotline - he was meaner than an alligator. Caught a bucket full of bull frogs on a Cabellas swamp frog. Caught a pit bull in the throat with catfish stink bait (landed/released with 17# clear Stren)
 Reply by: jake3008      Posted: 11/9/2022 3:57:54 PM     Points: 152
My weirdest fish had to be this albino cutthroat a few years ago on the fly at a high mountain lake. Amazing it had survived. I also caught this 24.5 inch brown on a minnow and a bobber while fishing for spring crappies out of a pond in boulder in 2014 right after the huge flood. Must have washed in from the river.
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: 11/9/2022 5:24:41 PM     Points: 171
No pics but I caught a dipper on a copper John in 11 Mike Canyon
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/9/2022 6:22:44 PM     Points: 9737
I called this one a dork fish. Lol. Deformed largey. Iíve been thinking these in this spot are actually spotted bass but I maybe wrong. Theyíve always seemed a little different from most of other bass in the area.
 Reply by: heliboy      Posted: 11/9/2022 7:50:03 PM     Points: 73
First pic July 5, second August 30, 2020.
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 11/9/2022 10:25:45 PM     Points: 171
I caught this Dorado Trout this past year, j/k.

The fish must have recovered from a broken back such that itsí growth from the dorsal forward was stunted while the tail half was full size.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/9/2022 11:08:28 PM     Points: 178
Budha, Looks like you had to recover from a broken back after lifting that beast!! Is that a rainbow?
 Reply by: navacito      Posted: 11/10/2022 8:57:33 AM     Points: 66
I've lassoed a swallow, caught a sculpin, a few stockers with a second mouth they ate with. How'd that big bow taste?
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/10/2022 9:05:05 AM     Points: 178
Tasted like an alligator gar. Haha. I only keep a couple fish per year--usually for the holidays to make a smoked dip or when one of my senior neighbors requests one. That fish was pink meated and delicious. I nibble some while making my almost world famous dip. Thought about grossing-out my wife by cooking up the belly contents but made fertilizer instead-which gave me some killer tomatoes the next year. See folks--I'm sustainable..and green! Haha.
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 11/10/2022 4:00:04 PM     Points: 171
SirG -
Yes, that fish is technically a rainbow trout. It is from a Steelhead strain that is self populating in that body of water.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 11/10/2022 7:53:51 PM     Points: 76906
Anglerwannabe, yes AWB caught this snub nosed trout ice fishing 🎣. Must have had a broken top jaw or deformity. Have caught several like this.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/11/2022 6:57:51 AM     Points: 178
I also caught a couple nice rainbows about 5 yrs ago from Antero who were full of what looked like giant elm beetles. They were very shiny with a red hue to them. I knew they couldn't be terrestrials from any trees because there aren't any trees up there. Maybe they were gigantic water boatmen or something along that line. Never seen the before or since. Delicious though!
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: 11/11/2022 6:17:06 PM     Points: 1038
Caught this rainbow or cutbow that was apparently a member of the Shriners in North Park 5 years ago.
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: 11/13/2022 11:27:12 AM     Points: 234
Almost a year to the day after this a guy I follow on Instagram caught the same fish. It was wild to run across that randomly while scrolling.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/13/2022 1:32:39 PM     Points: 9737
^^^ now thatís a crazy looking laker there.

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