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Clear Lake Catfish is an odd coelacanth-like fish with leg-like lobed fins, reported from California. Dog-like head. Barbels. Distinctive scales. Horizontally oriented tail. In October 1993, Lyle Dyslin caught a strange-looking, dog-headed fish; after taking photographs of it, he released it back into the lake because it reminded him of his dachshund.

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  • Malformed catfish or, less likely, a dramatic new species. Clear Lake is known for its large Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), which put up a struggle when hooked. Catfishes are not native to California but began to be introduced sometime in the 1870s.

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