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Topic: What on earth is this??  (Read 2726 times)

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« Last Edit: May 10, 2006, 11:25:27 AM by bsteves »


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kinda looks like a largemouth had relations with a perch...a big one....


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Stuart,

I hope you don't mind, but I modified your post to show the image.

Anyway, that's a Sacramento perch (and a nice sized one at that).    Unlike most of the freshwater fish you catch in California (Bass, sunfish, catfish, and most of the trout)  the sacramento perch happens to be one of the few natives.  In fact, it's the only species native to California that is in the same family as bass and sunfish (Centrarchidae).

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I thought it was half small mouth bass - half crappie muntant  :smt118


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Thanks Brian.  I've never seen anything like that before.

It sort of reminds me of that treefish that Randy caught, which I've never seen before either.

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Where did you catch this?

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Wow you don't see many of these.  I wander where it was caught.


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Travis,

According to the original posting of that image on coastside it was caught at "San Luis".  Based on the known distribution of the species I'm guessing that means the San Luis Reservoir.

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My questions is.... how does it taste?  :smt106 :smt002

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I wish I caught it.  That is one cool looking fish.

As the other's have said, it was caught out of San Luis Reservoir.  I just saw the pict and posted it here.
San Luis is connected to either the CA Aquaduct or Delta-Mendota Canal, not sure which, maybe both.  In any event, that means its connected to the Delta/Bay/Ocean.

Aside from stripers and Largemouth, there have  been Sturgeon caught there too.  I've even heard two separate reports of starry flounder being caught.  Sounds really strange, but definitely believable.

Haven't heard of salmon, but I'm sure more that one has been pumped in there.

BTW, strangest place I've personally seen salmon was on a private duck club, a few miles south of Los Banos.  Talk about being lost.  It was dead and pretty beat up looking.

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Whats your take on flounder at San Luis?  Could they survive or was it a another fishing tale???

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Chuckie,
My first guess would be it tastes like fish.  If I'm wrong, my second guess would be chicken. :smt005

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my question is: is that a typical size sac perch? Looks like a lunker to me  :smt045


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Joel,

According to my research (google)... 17 inches is the world record for the Sacramento Perch so this one seems to be a pretty big one.

Stuart,

I have a book on my desk by Peter Moyle written in 1976 called "Inland fishes of California" and in there he also reports starry flounder in the San Luis Reservoir.   From what I understand is that they get transported to the reservoir via the aquaduct as larvae and somehow survive to adulthood.  That said, the populations in the reservoir are not self reproducing and require the input of larvae from the aquaduct to keep the population up.

An interesting side note to this, I work on invasive species and freshwater flounder are not a new story to me.  The Starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus) happens to be in the same genus as the as the European flounder (Platichthys flesus)... and European flounder have been caught in the Great Lakes.  Evidently, the larvae have been transported to the Great Lakes via the ballast water of large ships and the fish grow up to adult size only to be caught by surprised anglers somewhere in Michigan.  So it seems that this genus of flounder has a unique ability to tolerate freshwater.

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Thanks Brain, I mean Brian.  You know your stuff.
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