Fisherman Catches Large Gold Fish in Nitro Lake

NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A popular fishing spot in Nitro turned into quite a find for a local fisherman.

Tom Lincoln, of Scott Depot, was fishing with his family Thursday morning when he caught a large gold fish in Ridenour Lake in Nitro.

The fish weighed in at 16.21 pounds. It was 25 inches long and had a girth of 24 inches.

The fish was bigger than his 11 month old granddaughter, Kamryn, who was also at the lake Thursday. sent the picture to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to find out what type of fish Lincoln caught.

Bret Preston, with West Virginia DNR Wildlife Resources, says it is likely a common carp, koi or goldfish that has grown to a large size. They are closely related.

Preston predicts someone used the fish as bait, or it was released in the lake from an aquarium.

"Typically, common goldfish do not have barbels (fleshy, thread-like structures around the mouth) but common carp and koi do," Preston said. "It does look like the fish has barbels from the photo. Koi are common carp that have been selectively bred over many years for certain colors and markings. They are popular for home water gardens."

Lincoln says the gold fish was one of several large fish his family caught and threw back into the lake Thursday morning.

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