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    Default What kind of fish is this??

    Caught it on a small jig.

    I also saw a nice 6-8 lb Char. I almost had a stroke. With the Ice being darn near like glass and an area 4' x 4' cleared it was one of the coolest things I've seen while ice fishing.

    Anyways what is this thing. It looks like some kind of fresh water ling cod!!
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    Default Yup

    That's a blackfish. They often can be found in open holes in the ice, or in open water on steems during the winter, gulping air. Sometimes they make their own holes and keep them open. This one looks like he died of old age or fell asleep while breathing and got iced in.

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    Alaska black fish...

    From Wikipedia
    " The hardiness of the Alaska blackfish is of mythical proportions. The fish survives the cold winters by moving to a depth of 78 meters when the surface becomes solid ice. Large gills protected by gill covers help them to survive the winters where the water temperatures drop to 0 C (32 F), including tales of reviving fish after they are frozen solid."
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    Where did you catch it? What an amazing looking fish!
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    yep black fish no doubt about it. I am curious to find out where you caught it as well.

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    Many many times I have caught perch and put them on the ice where they die, then I put them into a 5 gal bucket. When I get home to clean them I put them in the sink with tap water. They all come back to life and start swimming around - only to be quickly deheaded and filleted.......my nephews think that it is really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Many many times I have caught perch and put them on the ice where they die, then I put them into a 5 gal bucket. When I get home to clean them I put them in the sink with tap water. They all come back to life and start swimming around - only to be quickly deheaded and filleted.......my nephews think that it is really cool.
    When you read the fish and game information on them, that's what they do. It looks as if they placate dying in the frozen water and then they are revived by warmer water.


    I am still very interested to see where he caught it. It's not like fishermen are like sheep hunters. He could share where he went ice fishing. More than 3/4 of us are on the other side of the world, let alone on the other side of Alaska. We probably would never fish his lake.
    I was just curious of the demographic is all.
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    Besides not many people target black fish.

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    Haven't been online for awhile. It wasn't dead. I caught it and as soon as I got it up on the ice he let go of the hook. There was about 1 inch of standing water on the ice. I got a few picts and pushed him back into the hole. He swam away to live another day.

    I caught it at Little Campbell lake or AKA Campbell point lake.

    Caught in aprx 6' of water.
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    I have caught several in Cambell Point Lake and there are some in Cambell Taku lake as well. They are generaly common in swampy areas and shallow water. Fish and game has a good write up on them as part of their Wildlife Notebook Series.
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    I believe they are non native in the anchorage bowl but have been introduced to several lakes... They are reputed to be the only fish in look hood as well
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    Default >>>--------->

    You can find them in Delong Lake also.

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    Thumbs up i propose a sticky...

    What kind of fish is this?
    with photos and i.d's of all the odd fish pics posted on AOD.
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    HomerDave,
    Good suggestion.
    I'd like to have a sticky on interesting fish that we don't see often in Alaska.
    This has been an enjoyable and educational thread to be reading.
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    heres one: what kind of fish is this?


    (yes it is a fish)
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    Um I cant see the pic. Can others?

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    Wink i know! i know!

    arctic lamprey....

    was that worth $5?
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    arctic lamprey....

    was that worth $5?

    It's a nasty looking thing, whatever it is.
    Do you have a link for that, HomerDave? I'd like to read it.

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