This exotic fish may be native to southeast asia, but would you believe there’s one place in the United States where you can catch one right along side a largemouth bass. While they’re most commonly found here in aquariums many misinformed owners don’t realize they can grow up to 40″ and weigh over 10 pounds. Sources believe that when the fish got too big or too expensive to feed they were illegally released into the local water system.
Can you name that fish? If so we’ve got a three pack of WE FISHIN’ MANE stickers for you!
This fish inhabits both brackish and fresh waters, has a very similar omnivorous diet to it’s prized North American sportfishing cousin, and can reach sizes up to 40 inches and weigh up to 40 pounds. NAME THAT FISH!
UPDATE! Don Bowley guessed correctly, it’s a Papuan Black Bass.
Photo courtesy of Sport Fishing Papua New Guinea.
William Mcdonnell wrote in to ask if we could identify this species of fish from the skeleton.
We found this skeleton, on the bank of Lake of the Ozarks, Springfield, mo. USA.
I was just wondering if you could figure out what kind of fish it is.
I’m thinking that based on the shape of the head, the closeness of the eye to the mouth, and the shape of the mouth (the overbite), that this probably a freshwater drum. There are however plenty of people out there that know more about species identification than I do, I can think of at least one epic species hunter on our forums that might have a pretty good idea if I’m even close.
If you think you can identify this species please leave a comment! Also check out this previous mailbag species identification request.
It’s been a while since we ran a Name That Fish! contest, but today I found an obscure catch that should hopefully keep you guessing for a few days. This is a freshwater fish that is not native to North America, but is a relative to some of our most popular game fish. Good luck!
Winner of this contest will receive a Water Gremlin t-shirt!
UPDATE! This is the Softmouth Trout (salmo obtusirotis) also known as the
asiatic trout adriatic trout. The photo comes from TroutConservancy.org’s short but sweet post about trout fishing in Bosnia.