Fisherman catches piranha in Arkansas lake

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Piranha, Courtesy: Dutch-Kathy Barnett via KFSM

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – A piranha was caught in an Arkansas lake last week, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Dutch-Kathy Barnett told KFSM that her friend, Roger Headley, caught the fish in Lake Bentonville.

She said her friend mistook the fish for a large perch, and it almost bit his finger when the hook was pulled out of the fish’s mouth.

Headley said he was shocked that he would find something like that in Lake Bentonville.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission brought a state biologist to the lake on Friday (May 1) to confirm the fish was a piranha

Army Corps Engineer Alan Bland said they find piranhas in local lakes often. He said people will dump their aquariums when they are tired of taking care of the fish.

Bland told KFSM that piranhas in the lake are not dangerous to swimmers because the cold water temperatures make them sluggish and non aggressive.

A piranha can only survive a few days in colder water before dying, according to Bland.

Normal fish found in the lake include bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and more, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.


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