Pro fisherman in Philly catches some catfish in storm drains

If you think this sounds like a fishy story, you're not alone. But according to Andrew Desko, Southeast Region outreach specialist for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, it's possible to catch fish in Philadelphia's storm drains if the drains are connected to area waterways.
"As long as there's an opening for those fish to get in and they can swim up and work their way up into those drain pipes, it is possible," Desko said. "But personally I have not heard of it until this project that Mike is working on."

Iaconelli, 46, who now lives in Pittsgrove, Salem County, was born in South Philly and moved to Runnemede as a child. He learned to fish in the Schuylkill, the Wissahickon Creek, and Pennypack Park with his grandfather and uncle. Iaconelli said he learned about fishing in city storm drains from friends when he was a teen.

"They taught me early on that you don't have to live in Texas or Alabama to enjoy the sport, you can enjoy it wherever you're at," he said.

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