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Another strange fish that had shown up at Braddock Bay - Lake Ontario [Below]
Strange Fish from Olcott N.Y.
A deformed "looks like" a steelhead caught locally that has biologists baffled!
four photos directly below, submitted by Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant
Here is a
partial of an email received from Domske regarding these photos:
Josh Dickinson, formerly of Lockport NY but now a fishing guide in Colorado and Utah
showing a deformed "looks like" steelhead caught in Olcott NY waters. Josh did not catch it
but got it from another unidentified angler. After repeated attempts at identifying this
fish it was determined it was just a deformed steelie and it has biologists baffled
Maybe you can help with it's identity!
Most claim it's a deformed rainbow.
It was caught in Lake Ontario!
Please let me know if you hear anything
from other anglers.
Click on the pictures below for a very large look at this fish!
Click this picture for a large photo
Look close at the large dorsal fin
Josh is holding out for you to see.
Look close at the size and shape of the Caudal fin [tail] in comparison to others you have seen.
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Notice how large the anal fin appears.
Note the pectoral and the pelvics fin appears to be slightly abnormal
[pectoral, behind the gills. Pelvics fin on the belly]
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Here is a email reply from one of our Outdoors Niagara viewers........Please send your thoughts!
|These fish show up
sporadically in L. Ontario, I have not heard of any in L. Erie. I have
seen other pics., read reports, & personally seen these fish. I know
for a fact one turned up on one of the piers at Olcott Harbor last fall,
& I personally hooked 1 at Burt Dam last October that was only about
17 or 18 in., long- I lost it at my feet, but it definitely had a HUGE
tail on it. They seem to be regular steelhead w/ unusually large
fins & tails. I read a thread on the Lakeontariounited board summer or
fall of 2006 that had several different pictures & biologic theories
about these fish, but it seems they predominantly show up in Western Lake
Ontario tribs with no real valid explanation.
Submitted By Cynthia Roswick
Click the pic!
I found your site while
on a hunt for more info about this deformity. In my searching I have
found a few pix…as a biologist, I can only assume it is a genetic
deformity but we did not keep any genetic material from the fish. I
am quite sure it was a steelhead. I just wish I took more pictures
(and better quality)
Next time we will
document this phenomenon better.
Rec'd January 3 2008
Witkiewitz sent this photo in on February 22 2009 of a strange looking fish
he caught in Lake Ontario recently west of Braddock Bay
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|I noticed that this fish has a dorsal fin quite like an
Arctic Grayling. See attached. Not that I would expect a grayling to be
in Lake Ontario,
[Mike Gillis, Youngstown NY]
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