Upper Illinois River Lamprey?
Previous Page    Page
of 1    Next Page
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM  
Hi Kurt!

I was kayak fishing the upper Illinois river on Friday December 7th (Todd Public Access to Riverside Park) and I saw something I'd never scene before. Visibility on the river was excellent, probably 4-5 feet, and I saw a large buffalo, or carp (probably 30 inches long) with what appeared to be another fish, or eel like creature attached to it. The creature that was attached was probably 8-10 inches long...was this a lamprey? I've heard about them being in the Illinois on another forum but have never seen one. Do we have other fish/creatures in Oklahoma that attach to fish like that besides lampreys?
Dave Dixon http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_199949940034100&ap=1
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
I'm not Kurt, but I have caught a lamprey in the Illinois in my bait net, it's been many years ago probably the mid 80's. I never caught a fish with a lamprey attached there, but have caught fish with lamprey attached on the Buffalo River over in the Natural State.
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Thanks Slick, I bet that was it...I had never even heard of Lampreys until recently...creepy little buggers!

Dave Dixon http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_199949940034100&ap=1
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM  
When I was a kid I read my dad's outdoor mags from cover to cover. They had a real problem with the lampreys in the Great Lakes region, and ran several articles about the situation. When I caught the one in my bait net, I knew what it was, but had never seen or heard of one in this area before. It was the only one I'd seen up close and personal till about three years ago on the Buffalo. We caught three of four smallies with lampreys attached in tha area of the Narrows over there one day.

When I was a kid, about 15 I caught a common American Eel on a limbline in Claremore Lake. I've never heard of anyone else catching one of those around the area. Bout crapped my britches when I pulled the line up, thought I had a snake and let go, but something wasn't quite right about it, so I eased it up again. I took it home and skinned it, hell we ate about anything we caught or killed, and I was gonna try it.

I accidentally gave it to some kin out in western oklahoma along with some fish. I got a phone call about that. I don't think they ever believed that I didn't send it out to them on purpose, and I never did get a report as to its taste.
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM  
I'll ask around as I live just about 10 minutes from the Illinois. Several of my church members have spent HUGE amounts of time, like living within a stones throw their whole lives of the river and many still make several pilgrimages per month to gig, sit around the fire, eat and such.
They would be what the newspapers would call "local authorities" on the river.
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM  
We got an eel last year below Zink Slick. They are a little creepy but pretty cool to see! Only one I have ever seen in OK
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
I caught mine back in about 1962.

Oh, and hey, about the lamprey deal. I caught that thing in the lower river down between the island and the mouth where it runs into the barge ditch. I went back and read where the question was in regards to the upper Illnois.

Sorry if I mislead.
Posted on Sunday Dec 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM  
Well, I struck gold with the first native local I spoke to tonight. Even his wife knew what a lamprey was. They saw one last night on a gigging/eating trip above Chewey on a Buffalo that was about 10in. He said he has seen them not real regularly, but not too unusual either.
Posted on Monday Dec 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM  
Lampreys are native to Oklahoma waters. Not to be confused with Sea Lampreys found in great lakes. Used to see em all the time on slow moving catfish, drum, carp and buffalo - seldom do you see one on game fish.
Those who would give up constitutional freedoms to elected officials in exchange for a false sense of security, deserve neither freedom or security.
Previous Page    Page
of 1    Next Page