Eels in the Washita
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Posted on Friday Jun 12, 2015 at 6:12 PM  

Every so often I'll hear of someone catching an eel in the Washita River--above lake Texoma.  Given the fact that eels only live a dozen or so years, and they spawn in the Atlantic Ocean, how do they get in the Washita? 
Posted on Monday Jun 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM  
They are very interesting. According to this they can live way longer than that.
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/newsroom/pdf/Americaneel9.26.11.2.pdf
Posted on Monday Jun 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM  
We used to catch fish eels up to about three feet long in the Red river at nite below Texoma. Back before so many rivers were dammed in E Tex my grandad regularly fried up fresh eel meals. Just about any river with an undammed connection with the Gulf will have American eels. Those up the Washita are trapped remnants that never go back to the ocean - Texas used to have quite a population which rode in on sargassum weeds every spring then migrated up the rivers, the remnants in Texoma would be a great study for some Doc student as to why they have never extirpated - do they get across some tributary during floods with gulf connection or do they manage to spawn in the salty Red? A fishy mystery for sure --
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Posted on Tuesday Jun 16, 2015 at 8:38 AM  
Eels and lampreys:

http://wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/fishid/The%20Eels.pdf

http://wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/fishid/The%20Cartilaginous%20Fish.pdf

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