HIGHLAND, Utah – A person caught an almost 17-pound koi in a small Utah County pond, a kind of carp that the Division of Wildlife Sources stated ought to have by no means been there.
Jeremy Haws has been fishing on the identical pond practically each week for the final forty years, so he just about is aware of what to anticipate beneath the water’s floor: trout, large-mouth bass, blue gill and catfish.
The DWR restocks Highland Glenn Pond repeatedly.
“Effectively, I maintain catching fish,” stated Haws, who now takes his youngsters to the identical pond. “Greatest large-mouth bass I caught was perhaps 5 kilos.”
He hoped to get one other huge one on Thursday, however by no means anticipated a catch even near the one he received.
“It was a shock once I hooked into it, simply by how a lot it bent the pole. It pulled my drag and it saved pulling and pulling and pulling. I’d reel it in and it simply saved pulling and I used to be like, man this factor is big! Like what may presumably be in right here that’s that huge?” he remembered considering.
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After what felt like 10 minutes of struggling to reel it in, a crowd had gathered round Haws.
He pulled out a catch that was too huge to place into something he introduced with him.
“They usually have been like, ‘oh, it’s a koi. Prefer it’s an enormous goldfish’ and I used to be like, what?”
Koi is a kind of carp that has develop into extra of a decorative fish, used as ornament due to their colours in non-public ponds and swimming pools.
The DWR confirmed koi fish are invasive, and usually find yourself in a pond from somebody dumping their pet fish in.
They warned fish house owners that dumping any species of fish right into a pond or lake is prohibited and could be dangerous to animals and the atmosphere.
“I don’t know what placing koi in right here goes to have an effect on, however normally, there’s unintended penalties with placing fish that don’t belong in a pond in a pond,” Haws stated. “Hopefully it doesn’t have a destructive impact.”
Even the five-gallon bucket somebody let Haws borrow was not sufficiently big to carry the complete fish, which got here in at a whopping 16.9 kilos.
“It’s essentially the most memorable fish I’ve caught ever, actually,” he stated. “My guess is it’s the file for this pond, however I don’t know who retains monitor of that.”
Haws determined to not throw it again within the pond as a result of he knew it didn’t belong in there, however he suspects there are extra carp within the pond.
“Don’t dump fish in right here, however hopefully I catch them if you happen to do,” he stated.
Both method, he’ll maintain coming again to his favourite pond, maybe a bit much less certain of what he would possibly discover beneath the floor.