Can you identify this weird fish?

Raincatcher
Raincatcher
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Caught & released
Muskingum River, Ohio
They are saying it may be a new state record (17") and 100+ years old
 
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DOKF
DOKF
That is not a fish ...
 
Irishrover
Irishrover
Looks like the offspring of a salamander who mated with a catfish! ;)
 
Raincatcher
Raincatcher
Irishrover said:
Looks like the offspring of a salamander who mated with a catfish! ;)
Right? That's exactly what I thought, too! At 17" long, I can't imagine finding it at the end of my line. I wish it said how long it took to reel it in.
 
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REELY HOOKED
REELY HOOKED
Not a fish just a salamander, big one!
 
DOKF
DOKF
17 inch, not 17 feet ...

Photo was staged in perspective; it was posed on a picnic bench.

Still a big, ugly salamander.
 
Raincatcher
Raincatcher
Found the answer: Common Mudpuppy, they can grow to 20ish inches
 
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Chromatose
Chromatose
Catfished?
 
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E
Eazy-E
mud dog. I swear ive seen one before when I was younger on a farm near the little luckiamute
 
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Diehard
Diehard
Saw one around 20" when I was a young boy 30yrs ago now swimming i was swimming in one the pools at the state park near silverton or. It was suspended in the water and its gills were sticking out of its gill plates really freaked me out I thought my grandfather called it a Pacific salamander anyway very cool pic.
 
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