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Species identification help


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First off I apologize for not having a picture here, I took pics with my cell phone and don't have the correct USB cable to upload them.

With that being said I caught the strangest looking creature Saturday on the Minnesota River in the Black Dog vicinity. It was about 18 inches long, brown, with 4 small legs, a tail like an eel pout, gills, small teeth in its mouth, and it was slimy. I caught it on a night crawler. It even coughed up a small minnow sized fish when we were taking the hook out.

I have never seen anything like it. I can try to get the pics here if I can find the right size cable. Any help in identifying this creature would be great help. Thanks for your help.

***Pics added below***

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First off I apologize for not having a picture here, I took pics with my cell phone and don't have the correct USB cable to upload them.

Slightly off topic but you can send the Picture to your E-Mail directly from your phone. Send a picture text to your E-Mail addy is all you need to do.

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Here are the pics, thanks PierBridge for the phone to email tip, I had no idea. Yeah it was a slimy little thing.

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Disgusting little creatures. eek

I think they're cool as heck! Not exactly a good fight, but I like them, nonetheless.

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I was able to keep one for a short while in my Aquarium. The gills wouldn't leave it alone though and he didn't make it.

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Growing up on the Croix there was always an urban myth floating around about divers under bridge pilings seeing giant mudpuppies.

I've caught many and think the one you caught is about the biggest.

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That there's a Master Angler award winning mudpuppy for sure. I've cause several, but that's a MudDawg!!

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I caught one nightfishing on the kettle river once. Many years ago (at least 15) joe's bait used to sell them. Supposedly walleyes love them.

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that is the most disturbing thing i have ever seen, almost lost my lunch when i saw the pic. I would have burned my line and let it have my hook!!!!

Hooks are easy to come by

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Great cat bait...EC30x06 and I will be doing some head to head comparisons of favorite post spawn live baits this summer. We have access to a good 'sally pond.

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Apparently cold water doesn't bother them too much. How come they don't hibernate like all other amphibians?

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Dtro that is a cool tank!! Looks like your gills were hamming it up for the camera! That Mudpuppy would have been a cool addition to the crew, its to bad those gills are so dam aggressive in tanks, there pretty hard to keep with other fish. I had one and a crappie once, the gill would eat ev erything and the crappie would go hungry, darn gill would be swimming around with 5 minnows in its mouth!

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    • leech~~
      I think you got it! Nice Eye and hog Perch! 👍
    • MarkB
      I'm gonna try this picture thing again. Please bear with me.      Our buddy Greg with his best of the trip.     Above: Pike River bridge the morning we left.        Below: My cousin Tim caught these the morning after the storm.  
    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
    • leech~~
      No can see?  
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
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