Fisherman Catches Shark in Lake Pontchartrain

It’s not uncommon to find sharks in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans. Sharks can swim into the lake from the Gulf of Mexico, but a fisherman warns of the dangers of sharks.

Joseph Rohaley, a local fisherman, caught a bull shark while fishing on the lake on Monday. The bull shark was five feet and five inches long and took Joseph 45 minutes to arrive. Joseph said he caught this shark across from the Mardi Gras fountain along the seawall on Lakeshore Drive.

“Everything that is in the Gulf of Mexico is in Lake Pontchartrain,” said Joseph Rohaley.

Joseph Rohaley says it’s important for families to spend time together on the water and create memories together, but people need to be aware of their surroundings, especially when they get in the water.

Rich Toth of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas offered a little advice for those who frequent the waters.

Don’t swim in murky water, don’t wear shiny or glittery clothing in the water, and avoid the water at dusk and dawn when sharks are feeding. -Rich Toth

As you can see from the stories below, this isn’t the first time a shark has been spotted on Lake Pontchartrain.

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