Friday, March 19, 2010

Another strange creature sighted at Millerton Lake


Something strange lurks underneath the waters of Millerton Lake.

Earlier this week I received a phone call on the Weird Fresno hotline (yes I have a hotline) from a local resident who said he and his family witnessed something strange on their outing to Millerton Lake on Sunday. What's even more interesting is that a ranger that was on patrol there, saw the same thing. The person then found this website by doing a Google search for any strange Millerton sightings. Below is a transcript of the phone call.

I found your website while trying to figure out what I saw at Millerton Lake on this past Sunday. I'm not sure what it was in the lake, it was huge and it was making waves and there was nobody else out there.

I was on the dam with my family. It was bizare because after you saw these waves and something out there, some kind of mass, a ranger boat came up to where this was going on and was looking for whatever was causing it. And I'm pretty sure it saw what it was, because it was circling it.

So I'm not sure what it was, could have been a giant catfish or some giant fish. But it was very large. I would say maybe, from my distance it was about 200 yards away, I would say maybe about fifteen, maybe twenty feet long and the width of it was maybe about ten feet. It was rather large and that's the reason why probably the ranger saw it from afar, because you could see it from afar it was that big.

It was making lots of waves and then it dissapeared once the ranger showed up and the ranger hung around there for about, I would say for about fifteen minutes circling it. I heard some weird-like noises, like from the boat I don't know if he was singing or what. It was just bizare. My wife was there, she saw it as well.

The person also gave me his contact information and a follow up call is planned, but this has me wondering. I had posted several months ago about a giant catfish sighting also at Millerton Lake, but I has just assumed that it was just a "tall tale" told by someone to someone that was told to someone else, etc. and really didn't have much truth to it. But this sighting has me wondering what the hell is lurking under the waters by the dam.

I'm hoping to plan a small excursion to Millerton sometime in the near future. If so I'll post anything I find on here. That is if I'm not eaten by the damn thing.


19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have buddies who told me about their own fishing experience on Millerton Lake. They were fishing one day with 20 lb strength fishing line and they caught something but it quickly broke. They then went back with a higher strength (50 lb) fishing line on a different day on Millerton Lake. The same thing happened, the line peeled out with the bite and they could not bring in the fish and the line broke. The 3rd and last try was with 100 lb test strength fishing line (braided?) and the same thing happened. They decided to quite trying after that. So there does seem to be large fish in that reservoir. Some people were joking that it was a dragon. Hahah, imagine that.

Anthony said...

Great story...maybe it is a White sturgeon. I read that they are the largest freshwater fish in North America and can weigh over 1,500 pounds, be 20 feet in length, and live for over 100 years. Probably not, but hey..who knows!

Love your site!

Anonymous said...

anonymous: i do believe that it could've been a dragon...i've have really close relatives who has experienced many things out there on the Millerton Lake...like one of my cousin...he loves to go fishing at millerton for their large-mouth bass...and it was a very sunny day..no clouds what so ever...then while fishing he notice that it was getting dark and had looked up to see if any clouds was there...no clouds what so ever...then he noticed that the shadow was in the water swimming very slowly moving away from him...describing the shadow as very long: bout the size of 2 buses put together both width and length...he then retrieved all his fishing pole and drove the boat back to the boat launch but was afraid of what it was so he was steering the boat very close to the shore...shortly after doing so...he looked back and notice that the shadow was now moving slowly after him as if following him...he was trembling very badly and when he got home...he told my uncle and was literally crying...then less than 1 month later...he died...so through the actions of my cousin...i do believe that its no joke...Millerton dam has been here for quite a long time..and there can be many things out there in the depth of the lake...but surely i do believe that not only 1 dragon but a couple (2 dragon) are lurking the depths of millerton lake..and the river or base liine of Millerton Lake which stretches over towards Auberry...

Anonymous said...

dragons can take your spirit and devour the spirit instead of the body that is what I know from my religion they can either devour the spirit or eat the body with spirit

Kevin said...

It may be true to the catfish stories which I've heard rumors of from long ago. Dragons are possible too; due to the incident one fan here mention about their cousin. The lake is built on and over what use to be the town of Millerton until a tragic flood rip through it making it what is Millerton Lake today. Having a dedicated court house rebuilt on site should spook you enough let alone having 'Lost Lake' under the dam as well. Must it be a spirited giant catfish or dragon stalking us out there in the lake... We will know one day. I go fishing there here and there during the spring when the lake is drain and surely I haven't seen anything. My brother and a few friends gone fishing there when the dam was full and saw some amazingly overgrown carp claiming them to be sizes of motorcycles. One note: catfish is rumored to have an unlimited growth size, take their cousin that was fished out of the menkong river in Thailand. Whatever you do: stray from the deep ends!! Oh and on one note sturgeons are naturally salt waters but like salmons swim up into fresh waters to mate and reproduce then making their way back to the sea, the size and years are correct though. *Heard that 'Lost Lake' was the gravesite for the town of Millerton*

Michael said...

Kevin the town of Millerton never suffered a tragic flood, the area was flooded when Friant Dam was built. The courthouse was disassembled and then reassembled at it's current location.

Anonymous said...

Ur right Michael....

Anonymous said...

I actualy beleive he saw a sturgen because when the made the lake they stocked it with sturgen to and that is realy the only huge fish in that lake or so i beleive sofar because i now most of the fish in that lake

Anonymous said...

i have heard many accounts of giant catfish at the base of the dam from workers who now refuse to go back into the waters because the monsters are wider than their shoulders are broad. i would highly recomend talking to some of these workers to confirm these encounters

Anonymous said...

i Truly Beleive there is somthing Lurking in Millerton lake, i was there fishing with my two uncles on 07/14/12 , at the Madera side boat launch, it was a nice and clear sunny day, we got there around 2 pm, alot of boats and family were out enjoying the sun, we were out fishing by the water when we notice a large shadow in the water, looking up in the sky i knew it wasnt clouds, so i kept looking at it and it disapear, a minute later my uncle yelled at me from the other side of the hill, he was yelling, come here, come here, quikly! , so i drop my pole and ran over to him and seen that the same thing i saw moved to where he was at, it was the size of a car and this time it was making waves, and it was weird cause where we were at, there was no boats or jetskis around, and there it disapeared again , we were confuse, trying to figure out what it was, in my head i thought bout da catfish sighting but didnt share with my uncle, so he was like, i dont like the look of this so lets go home, so we called our other uncle and headed back to the car, after like 25 minutes we were waitn by the car for my other uncle, he soon arrive with a murk on his face and said you guys wont beleive what i say, he described the same thing we saw and him he knows about that cat fish thing and told my other uncle about it on our way home, right when we got home, my mom was like , did you guys know some body just drown at millerton about 20 minutes ago? i was like WTF ????

Anonymous said...

Well guys I don't believe it is a sturgeon. It could have been a huge catfish or striped bass. But here is a story I like to tell from what I've seen with my own two eyes. When I was 10 years old ( now 22) I was on a big round raft with my friend floating along. When we passed the line that prohibits you from going pass it, the lifeguard suddenly blows his whistle signal to us to come back and when we were about to dive in the water to swim back....... We seen a long figure in the water with red glowing eyes . When it swam away it looked like a giant oarfish like figure swimming away . The thing looked like at least a good 60 feet long and 6 feet wide. So I do believe there is dragons in there seeking the next spirit to take!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has lived in Fresno, Clovis, or Friant for the majority of their lives knows, that there is a giant cat fish known as "Big Joe". You can no longer stand on top of the dam, but when you could, you could look down into the water by the dam and see him. At that time (1970's)he was about 20 feet long, and very large approx. 170-200lbs., at least. I knew a guy who was fishing, fell out of his boat, and was face to face with "Big Joe", terrified he started swimming as fast as he could and got back into his boat and paddled back to shore. If you want some stories, talk to some of the remaining older people who have lived in Friant, CA. all their lives.

Anonymous said...

Me and my family have a pontoon houseboat that we carry a slip for at Millerton Lake. We were on our way to take it out of the Lake to do some maintance on it, when we notice some huge waves in the middle of the Lake. The waves were so big my kids were making jokes that it felt like we were in the ocean. There were no people, jet skiis or other boats around. And then the waves just stopped. I dont know where they came from but I dont think I'll be swimming in the lake.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't old enough to drive so it must have been between 76 to 79. Me and my family stopped at the lake near dark. I paddled my rubber raft to the nearest island. While I was out there fooling around, my mother, father, and family friend began calling to me to look behind me, somthing big in the water, big and black. I didn't see it but I was sufficiently scared to jump in my raft and cruise back to the family as fast as I could paddle. Once back on shore my parents described a large shiny object like rubber about the size of a car, that rose slowly and then went down again. They had been about a hundred yards from the object and I only about fifty feet. I can see why they called to me to see what it was since I was so close. I am glad I didn't see it because I would probably still be on that island scared to go in the water with my raft. I Don't know what they saw. We were on vacation from over 1500 miles away and knew nothing of prior sightings. There is "something" in that lake.

David Yang said...

For the people that don't know that lake well like I do. Let me tell what it is, it is a giant catfish that been in there for a long long time. I love fishing and I use to do it at millerton lake almost everyday because I have a boat and it was close by. Until one day me and my friend we were fishing in the hot 100 plus weather then my friend wanted to swim so we anchor the boat so my friend can take a quick dip. I didnt want to swim because I don't know how so I was just fishing. After min of casting my pole in the water I somehow saw from a corner of my eye something n big swimming very close by my friend. I then fear for his life when I actually saw what it was it frighten me so bad. I was speechless that I didn't know what to say to my friend my friend then look at me like I just saw a ghost. I told him to swim to the shore and don't ask me why. My friend was like why and then he felt something swimming around him. I thought to myself and I said if I don't do something my best friend is not gonna make it. So I quickly put the anchor up and started my boat to see if I can scare it away. When I did that it came straight to me with a huge wave on top of the water. When the wave got close to me it stop then i look down and it was a catfish bigger then my 19 footer boat. After that day me and my friend never went there again and I told all my friend n family about it that that place is not safe for people swim or fish. Hope this help and be careful if you plan on swimming there.

Anonymous said...

Waves of water and wind was blowing like crazy as I enter the water on the Madera side towards the end. It was me and the family and in laws out for carp fishing. Before that I had a bad feeling like something was watching and making waves. Everytime I tried cast the senko worm, the wind blew harder, eventually, I gave up because it wasn't going anywhere. The scary part is that when Millerton was low, a 27 yrs old guy drowned at 5 ft of water. A uncle sited a another strange creature sighted north of the Broken bridge.

Anonymous said...

20 feet long 200 lbs cmon folks pretty skinny for a 20 footer dont u think.I think you all need to leave the beer at home ive been around millerton since the early 70s and all your seeing are giant silver shad and occasional stripers that get up there around 70 80 lbs big fish but not big enough to write home about

KFM said...

Something big is out there in Millerton. A young lifeguard drowned and disappeared in the 90's. I only know this because the lifeguard was friends with some of my friends. The story goes: He swam to the nearby island. Hung there for a bit and then swam back. On his way back, he seemed to be in pain all of a sudden and just like that - he disappeared down under. It's difficult to believe a lifeguard could drown from a muscle cramp. I'm pretty sure something pulled him under. Millerton claims swimmers' lives every year from what I hear. A lot of swimmers and triathlon athletes do their training at Millerton. Personally, I think there is something big in there and that the entire place is haunted.

Anonymous said...

I've grew up hearing about the giant catfish that was supposedly the size of a VW Volkswagon.