January Ice Fishing Weekend on Lake Wassookeag|
On Friday, January 23, 2004, at the Wintle cottage on Lake Wassookeag in Dexter, Maine, a night of ice fishing for cusk revealed a remarkable and very strange catch.
While ice fishing in six feet of water, Luke Palmer caught four normal cusk. Around midnight, fishing on bottom with small live bait known as shiner, Luke bagged "a creature from the deep".
The creature caught was 16" long with four legs and a tail like an eel. The body was covered with a clear sticky gue and behind each gill was a red sack. Inside the mouth we observed two rows of tiny sharp teeth! Yes, this fish story is true!
We have spoken with the State of Maine IFW Biologist, and the creature is known as a mud puppy, and they were very, very surprised to learn they have migrated from the Belgrade chain of lakes.
What effect this will have on the lake for the long term, we do not know.
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