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Fish sighted: Goldfish
Location: Sawmill river, NY.
I caught a foot long comet gold fish in the sawmill river while I was fishing with my cousin when we saw this fish we jumped in the water with a net and caught him.
Fish sighted: Plecostomus
Location: Jordan River, UT.
I was fishing near the pumps that feed the river and caught a pleco by some warmer spots in the river.
Date: Summer - 2006
Fish sighted: Tiger Oscar
Location: Lake Rhodhiss, NC.
This past summer while fishing, I was bored and was playing around my jig on the side of the lake, when I caught a tiger oscar. These were the dark colored oscars with the orange markings. It was pretty weird that this fish could survive here because, it gets cold enough for the oscar to even survive. So this must mean that someone just recently released him there. But I took him home and he died before I could put him in a aquarium. He was slightly bigger than the ones you buy from the pet store. This one was about 6-7 inches long. This lake has rare fishes from what I've heard. Some friends told me that they caught this funny looking fish and released him because they didn't know what it was. But it seemed like a bowfish from their descriptions but there are bowfishes in NC but not a lot in this lake.
Fish sighted: Jaguar Cichlid
Our private pond comes from a small branch of a creek & we're no stranger to exotic goldfish & koi being caught in our pond. However, I was amazed when, during a nice day of fishing, my friend called me over to see "the strangest fish I've ever seen". Upon further investiagtion, I found out it was a foot long Jaguar Cichlid. The only way we think it could of gotten there was by being released into the creek. Don't ask me how it survived the temperate waters to get to our pond, though.
From: Beng Yong Tang
The following non-native fish have been caught in canals, ponds and reservoirs in Singapore:
From: David Singleton
Fish sighted: Clownknife
Location: Scioto river, Columbus Ohio
I was kind of shocked to see, while walking my dogs by the river, a clown knife. I didn't really think that it belonged in the Scioto so I did catch it and take it home to my own aquarium where it is doing very well. After fishing with a bucket for the first one, I then discovered 2 more, but I was unable to catch the others.
From: Greg W.
Fish sighted: Walking Catfish, Weather Loach
In the summer of 2002 I was working at Capital One in Tampa. This campus was built in late 1990s over a previously swampy area. Much of the swamp area was preserved and the building code required connected retention ponds built all around. When it rained and stormed suddenly (common in Florida) we noticed many gray slimy creatures jumping out of the street drains and wriggling around on the asphalt. They looked like flat headed catfish with eel bodies. I caught one and put it in my fish tank where it's grown a lot. I did much research and ruled out snakehead catfish and weather loach; it is a walking catfish. It has jumped out of the tank twice and wriggled across the floor leaving a slimy trail. Check this aerial photo of Capital One (circle of buildings w/ trees in preserved swamplands) then click the "topo map" (upper left dropdown menu) to see 1990 topographical survey when was still pristine swampland. terraserver
From: V.S. Basheer
Fish sighted: Clarias gariepinus
Location: Periyar river, Kerala, India
Clarias gariepinus, African catfish caught from the natural water, Periyar river and now it is commonly available In fishermen's catch.
Fish sighted: Suckermouth Catfish, (Pleco)
I have seen some of those huge catfish in the saint johns, the ones that stick on the glass of your aquarium. I was fishing and all of a sudden there is like two huge ones about a foot and some swimming right under the surface of the water.
From: Tommy Sylvester
Fish sighted: Some variety of Piranha, Pleco, goldfish
I live in Salt Lake City. 25 miles from Salt Lake City is Utah Lake, and out of Utah Lake flows the Jordan River. This river runs through the entire city in dozens of communities. It stretches for approx.. 40 miles from the lake. I have caught a Piranha of some sort, quite large mind you, that not even my exotic pet vet was unable to accurately classify. I have caught freakishly large Goldfish that will surprise you on the end of a line. My friend caught a Pleco, and some sort of Cichlid that we could not identify. It actually looked like an Oscar that was maybe one or two generations removed from crossbreeding with a Small Mouth Bass. All of this may make you think that there is no other fish in this river beyond exotic species, which is not true, it is simply very accessible from many, many places. In many spots, you could easily throw a fish out the window to the river. This is a culmination of what I have experienced with one or two fishing buddies over the past five years in probably the oddest body of water I have ever fished.
Fish sighted: NA
I live in Wisconsin, so released tropical fish are not a problem. One winter and they are done. I do want to stress that exotics are a danger. Sea lampreys almost wiped out the Great Lake lake trout and salmon populations; thank God they are no longer a threat. Now we are dealing with gobies, thought to be a reason for declining perch populations; and zebra mussels. Granted none of these problems were from pet owners, but that is not the point. Starlings, gypsy moths, fire ants, killer bees are all exotics. Look at Hawaii. Mongooses were brought in to kill rats, another exotic, and they have killed a lot of the birds. Pigs have reverted to a feral stage and done incredible damage. In other words, don't an idiot. Sell or give your fish away if you are tired of them. If you have to kill it, so be it. So you throw it in a glass of ice water, big deal. I guess that placing the fish into a container of water and tossing in an Alka-Seltzer. The carbon dioxide will suffocate it.
From: Doug r
Fish sighted: lg. green turtle in f/w pond
Location: off pawcatuck river, RI
large green turtle maybe hawksbill (probably green though) sea turtle about 2 1/2 feet across locked inland in fresh water pond ..... pretty neat I think
Fish sighted: Redbellied Pacu
I caught a 2.145lb. Redbellied Pacu. It is an all tackle record & lake record. I caught it on 7/25/02 on a throw line using a grasshopper for bait.
From: Wyatt H.
Fish sighted: Rio grande cichlid
Location: Bayou St. John, LA.
I routinely catch Rio Grande cichilds while fly fishing in Bayou St. John, which runs literally straight thru New Orleans. There appears to be a large breeding population in most of the canals and bayous south of lake pontchartrain.
From: Mark Reynolds
Wildlife Management Specialist
Fish sighted: Oscars, Jack Dempsey, other cichlid
I wish that I could post pictures. Unfortunately I don't have any. Based on what I saw in terms of numbers of these fish (oscars and dempseys), it looked more like a local pet shop based on the number of exotics I saw. There were still some natives present when I saw this area several years ago. Unfortunately, a great many people who visit the Everglades don't even realize that these aren't the native fish!!
From: Michelle Holt
Fish sighted: Pond Goldfish and Koi
I used to live up in Omak Washington and during the summer my whole family would visit Conconelly lakes area. I have seen Orange fish supposedly goldfish or Koi that were released into the upper lake. The one I saw was about 2 feet long. The rumor I heard was someone had a pond by the lake and either turned the fish loose or a flood washed the fish into the lake. I also watched some children with nets at the lake shore catching babies and putting them in aquariums. This lake is out of the way but well worth the trip to fish for bass and trout, with great camp grounds.
Fish sighted: bettas, goldfish, livebearers
I was walking along a stream nearSimon lake and I saw all sorts of tropical fish in the shallow water. I later learned that it had been used as a human waste dump before and the tropical fish I saw were probably flushed down a toilet. This proves that trhat is not a good idea either
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