According to this story on SoMDNews.com, angler Brandon Demers had been trying to catch a snakehead for years. Unfortunately, try as he might, Demers was unsuccessful up until Friday, July 27, when he nabbed the fish below. And “nabbed” is the correct word. Demers was out for a morning jog when he noticed what he thought was a log in a small puddle in a dry, narrow creek bed. When he poked it with a stick he quickly learned it was no log, but a very unhappy fish.
Considering snakeheads can move across land and actually live out of water for up to four days, finding this fish in a puddle isn’t terribly surprising. But I know people who have seen random brown trout in drainage ditches with no easy explanation of how they got there. I even have a friend who once caught a tiger muskie he spotted swimming in a shallow pool on a trout stream that was not known to contain tiger muskies. Nor could he figure out a logical explanation of how it got there other than someone dumping it in, which we all know happens. I remember Lake Erie smallmouth guide Frank Campbell telling me about a client determined to get a dozen or so monster smallies back to Kentucky alive so he could stock the creek behind his house. Campbell politely explained that it would never work and he’d have no part in helping.
As for Demers, he used a net to catch his puddle-locked snakehead, took a few pictures, then lopped off it’s head since anglers are instructed to kill them. Have you ever bumped into fish in puddles or ditches or run across out-of-place species?