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.
Not a fish just a salamander, big one!
17 inch, not 17 feet ...
Photo was staged in perspective; it was posed on a picnic bench.
Still a big, ugly salamander.
Found the answer: Common Mudpuppy, they can grow to 20ish inches
mud dog. I swear ive seen one before when I was younger on a farm near the little luckiamute
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.