July 26, 2014
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Here's a fish tale that could use a
A Kalispell man ice fishing on Bitterroot Lake in northwestern
Montana on Tuesday caught a tiny fish so big that it tied a state
The pygmy whitefish weighed in at only 3.7 ounces and measured
all of 8 1/4 inches - but that's brawny compared to usual pygmy
whitefish, which are about 4 or 5 inches in length and weigh only a
"My arm is still hurting," joked Eric Tullett, who reeled in
the fish with a glow hook and maggot. Tullett's catch tied the
state record held by two other anglers, who caught 3.7-ounce
pygmies in February 2005.
The bottom dwellers feed on tiny zooplankton, bottom insects and
mysis shrimp. Jim Vashro, a fisheries manager for Montana Fish,
Wildlife and Parks, says the nonnative shrimp may be responsible
for an increase in growth rates among pygmy whitefish.