Michigan man catches rare orange smallmouth bass

A Michigan man has caught a rare orange fish on the Muskegon River. MLive reports that Paul Gillis caught the fish Saturday while on a fishing trip with his brother and daughter.

Gillis says he first thought he’d caught a goldfish. But Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Wildlife Biologist Kevin Wehrly identified the fish on Wednesday as a rarely-spotted, orange-colored smallmouth bass. Wehrly says the fish has a rare genetic condition called Xanthism, which causes yellow pigments to be more pronounced.

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