May 8, 2015

Strange Catch: A Real Fur-bearing Trout?

Cryptomundo received the following image by email two days ago.


This is the text from the email.

Wanted to share a rather remarkable catch I had this afternoon. I was fishing the Menomonee River near Milwaukee where some trout were packed into a bottleneck. I caught a few and nothing was out of the ordinary until I reeled this one in. I have never seen anything like it.

I contacted a local wildlife official and they referred to it as a rare fur-bearing trout. They went on to explain that this was an extreme case of Saprolegnia, or cotton mold. Apparently old Great Lakes legends spoke of these as a uniquely evolved trout species that existed only in the deepest, coldest parts of the lakes and needed the fur to stay warm.

I doubt it will make Cabella’s non-traditional mount wall but I’m still excited to reel in a genuine Wisconsin legend! You have my permission to share and use this photo in any form you’d like. You can credit George Bower.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

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