River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 21, 2019
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton

Each year, scientists discover scores of new fish species, like a new species of giant arapaima recently found in the rivers of Guyana. These discoveries are important in ways we might never have imagined.

New fish discoveries could lead to medical breakthroughs

Are there still new species of fish yet to be discovered? You might think the answer to that is no. But researchers scrutinizing unexplored waters are discovering hundreds of previously unknown species every year. Recent findings have ranged from the weird to the beautiful, from tiny to gargantuan in size and from deep-sea dwellers to jungle air-breathers. Consider, for example, Lasiognathus regan, a previously unknown anglerfish found ... READ MORE

Fish with crazy names make swamp-fishing fun By KEITH SUTTON

You never know what you’ll hook when you’re fishing in a swamp, but chances are, whatever you reel in will have an oddball name. I thought about this last spring while panfishing in a river-bottom lake near St. Charles.