Sewer fishing: Can fishing get any crazier?

Kyle Naegeli caught this bass while sewer fishing. Photo is a screen grab from the video
Kyle Naegeli caught this bass while sewer fishing. Photo is a screen grab from the video

A teenager in Katy, Texas, has one of the most unique—and oddest—fishing holes you’ll ever see and it’s located just off the sidewalk near his house. Kyle Naegeli, 16, goes sewer fishing through the holes of the storm drain manhole cover. Certainly it’s the craziest-type fishing we’ve ever encountered.

Naegeli baits a hook, puts it through a hole in the manhole cover, and drops it down into the water of the storm sewer below. A cork attached to the line above prevents losing the line. Then he waits.

Here is the result from his latest sewer fishing escapade, in which he catches a largemouth bass:

Naegeli told GrindTV Outdoor that he’s been sewer fishing for four years and has been posting several YouTube videos of his catches online. Some people are skeptical, but the more you see him sewer fishing the more you’re convinced it isn’t faked.

While sewer fishing, Kyle Naegeli drops a line through a hole in the manhole cover. Photo is a screen grab from the video
While sewer fishing, Kyle Naegeli drops a line through a hole in the manhole cover. Photo is a screen grab from the video

Even his father was skeptical at first. Naegeli bet him he could catch a fish in the sewer. His father took the bet: $5.

“I had always known there was water from having a ball or Frisbee accidently thrown in,” Naegeli told GrindTV Outdoor. “I rigged up a small hook and a worm, and on the first drop I had a small bluegill on. After I showed the fish to my dad he gave me the $5, and I knew that wasn’t the last sewer fish I was gonna catch.”

As you can see in the video, Naegeli pulls the fish up to the manhole cover, then reaches into the opening from the street to grab the fish.

grabs fish from opening

“In the past four years I’ve caught hundreds of fish in the sewer with the biggest being a 3-pound bullhead. Only three bass have been caught because I’m using hotdogs and not live bait (which I will do sometime).”

So, where do fish come from? The storm drain empties into a nearby pond and the fish swim up the sewer system, providing one very unusual fishing hole.

By the way, he doesn’t eat any of the fish he catches. He releases them back into the storm drain.

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