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Man Catches Rare Furry Trout in Wisconsin
Mysterious furry trout caught in Wisconsin is no hoax. And the truth behind the hairy critter is actually pretty gross…
Fur-bearing trout. Photo credit: George Weber
In the Great Lakes, legend says trout grew coats of fur to stay warm in the cold depths. In the Colorado River, folklore says it was because of hair tonic being dumped in the water. In Iceland, they are a scourge sent to punish humankind for their wicked ways.
As fantastic as it sounds, it turns out the mythical fur-bearing trout is no jackalope – they actually exist. That’s right, this furry abomination is no hoax.
Last week a fisherman in Wisconsin actually caught one.
He posted his story to a local news outlet:
Wanted to share a rather remarkable catch I had this afternoon. I was fishing the Menomonee River 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-beating 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.
A friend of mine has a saying:
“In Wisconsin we have nine months of winter and three months of crappy sledding.”
While it does seem likely that every living creature in Wisconsin will eventually evolve thick coats of fur to stay warm, this cuddly-looking trout is not growing hair. It’s cellular necrosis. Not so cute, right?
But it would still look great on the wall.
Vintage postcard of a fur-bearing trout taxidermy mount
Anyone who spends enough time on the water here in Wisconsin will have a story or two about something strange they spotted in the water.
Have you seen anything weird? Share it in the comments below!