“Merp” The Walleye A Strange Hybrid Fish

By on February 4, 2016
Merp the walleye. (Courtesy of Mike Lorz, Target Walleye)

Fishing for your favorite type of fish can be a lot of fun. And catching that target fish is even more of a rush. But what a let down if you don’t reel in the type of fish you want. Case in point: Merp the walleye.

Merp was a 20-inch fish caught on Reetz Lake in northeast South Dakota by Mike Lorz, a fishing buddy of one of the guys running Target Walleye. Merp is pretty weird looking, something like a cross between a walleye and a sucker.

“It looked like a gorgeous walleye coming up and then my buddy sees it and says, ‘Dude, that’s a sucker,’” said Lorz. “When I pulled it out of the hole, I said, ‘I don’t know what the hell that is.’”

Merp was put back where he was found and hopes are that he will pop up again someday for another fisherman. Lorz and others who caught him the first time recommend snapping a photo the next time Merp’s caught and then releasing him so he can brighten someone else’s day in the future.

Thanks to the guys over at Target Walleye for this fishing story.

Top image: Merp the walleye. (Courtesy of Mike Lorz, Target Walleye)

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