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Ever heard of the Inconnu fish?

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OK, I was looking at some pictures on the WFN website and came across this picture of this fish I could not believe my eyes? I had no idea this fish even existed? The mouth totally resembles a tarpoon, what the heck? WOW! Has anyone ever fished for these fish? The fish in the picture was caught on a fly! Very interesting I see a road trip ahead, must do some research!!!



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That's a beauty specimen!! I've never seen one that big before. They're commonly called "connies". I've been up in Yellowknife and Inuvik and seen guys catching them. They put up a hell of a fight on gear from what I've seen so I can only imagine what it's like on the fly!! They're in the whitefish family and I've heard they're quite tasty when you cook 'em up :thumbup:

Watch the mouth though...teeth are arranged much like a shark, and there's a whole crap-load of them!!
Freshwater tarpon those guys, also known as sheefish (hope I spelled that right). On my to do list, had some friends went icefishing last year up north and got one through the ice about ten pounds. They are suppose to be quite willing to take the fly, are extremely acrobatic and can grow very large in some of the more remote locations they are found. A definite to do, some day.
I've never fished for them but a few of my customers have. I think in the NW Territories (but could of been the Yukon).
You can get them in lakes and rivers and apparently they are very strong fighters. :thumbup:
Yes they are on my list as well......they are very mysterious fish the name Inconnu actually means "unknown" I think.

Kim and are hoping to spend a year and a bit (2 summers 1 winter) living back in the Yukon (where we met) once she is done school. Maybe an Inconnu report will be forth coming, :beerchug: here's hoping!
Wow, the more I look into this the more I want to go tomorrow!! They are in rivers as well, very cool!!! Something to look forward to!!! :confused:
Fur-trade voyageurs gave this "unknown" fish its name. Locally called Coney, it's a member of the whitefish family, with large scales, a dark back, silvery sides and deeply forked tailfin. Still unknown to many anglers, I have hooked them in the rivers that flow into Great Slave Lake and in the Mackenzie Delta. Weights can average 4 - 9 kg ( 9 - 20 lbs).
Hey Rick,check out the 2007-2008 fishing synopsis page 89 there is something about the Inconnu fish,right hand bottom corner of the page,hopre you catch lots of them if you go. :peace:
What is all over the tail?.....Is that lice or worms...?

What is all over the tail?.....Is that lice or worms...?
nasty what ever they are
You got that right Britguy...just like some of us... ;D See ya tomorrow.

:beerchug: Marko
Lol now that you say that they do look like worms, at first glance I thought they were sea-weed. :confused:
When we were in the Yukon last summer, we fished for them beneath a dam for an afternoon. A lodge owner said they had been there the week before, but they had moved back down by the time I got there. Apparently they are schooling fish in the rivers, so you sort of have to look around. We never caught one, but they sure are still on the list, even with disgusting tail worms.

We were staying near Mayo at the time, but I forget the name of the river.
To me it looks like they might be pine needles. Maybe from the floor of the boat or something? I don't see how worms would live on a constantly moving fish... in water.
reelangler said:
To me it looks like they might be pine needles. Maybe from the floor of the boat or something? I don't see how worms would live on a constantly moving fish... in water.
Guess you haven't seen them on big lake dwelling rainbows, or char? Happens more often in large (older) fish, and isn't really that uncommon. Perhaps a bit unusual to see that many on one fish.
This is a photo of parasitic worms on a Skagit rainbow, from a couple of years ago. This was on a 16" fish which is fairly old by Skagit standards.

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Hmm... never seen that before, no. Kinda gross when you think about it :-X
I have also had this experience with salmon lol. We barbequed it up anyways and none of us got sick so it should be ok unless its infested with them. We only found 1 in the meat but it makes you wonder how many you eat by accident, Im sure lots of the fish we catch have them but go unnoticed.
The report I hear is A l l F i s h has worms and parasites, to what degree is another matter.

MMMMMMMMMMM.......... :)

Curious looking fish. Don't know how they fare for eating though ??? But according to the info given, they take up to 7 years to reach reproductive maturity. Might be a sensitive species, just like the giant lake trout.
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