Fish flood onto Newark street causing comical fishing frenzy

A comical fishing frenzy occurred when fish flooded onto a Newark street. Photo: WABC-TV
A comical fishing frenzy occurred when fish flooded onto a Newark street. Photo: WABC-TV

The flooding in Newark, New Jersey, wasn't only causing havoc with traffic Monday morning, it was impacting fish from a local lake, sending residents into a sort of fishing frenzy.

Five inches of rain overnight resulted in Weequahic Lake overflowing its banks and sending fish into the street. Most appeared to be carp, with some weighing 7 to 10 pounds, according to interviews by WABC-TV in New York.

While some attempted to save the fish, putting them back into the lake, others saw it as an opportunity to catch fish for dinner.

WABC-TV has the story, and the comical sight of some would-be fishermen:

The funniest scene is of the man attempting to scoop up fish with his umbrella. From what we see in the video report, he was unsuccessful. A woman tried to use a plastic bag for a net, another humorous sight.

One man discovered two fish sitting in the rushing water of a storm drain on Meeker Avenue. He picked up the fish and threw them back into the lake.

Unfortunately, the fish being returned to the lake were finding their way back onto the streets and sidewalks, forcing local officials to put up some netting.

More rain was forecasted, so one would expect more fish flowing into the street and more people trying to catch them. Hopefully they are aware of the fishing regulations.

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