The second episode of River Monsters : Season 5 is officially in the books. It was titled “Atomic Assassin” and featured some cool fish. The entire episode was based around Chernobyl and the radiation filled waterways that surround it.
Jeremy Wade was granted rare access to the site where he fished the cooling pond of the nuclear reactor in search of mutated monsters. As it turns out there are plenty of fish in the pond. He catches them left and right throughout the entire episode basically. They range from the Northern Pike, Perch, Pike Perch (Zander), and even a large bait fish called a chub.
He only had 3 days to fish the radiation filled area so time was of the essence like never before. The pond wasn’t working for him though, despite seeing a smaller Wels hooked on his first day he was only catching other fish which he wasn’t after. He wanted a big Wels Catfish.
Later in the episode he was granted access to the channels that routed water from the cooling pond directly to the reactor. It was in the these canals he was finally able to hook up with a Wels Catfish (Silurus glanis). It wasn’t grossly mutated though, aside from being pretty dark it resembled most Wels you’ll see anywhere else. You’d be hard pressed to catch that many fish in a 3 day period anywhere in my opinion. So while the radiation isn’t the best for the environment the fish population seems to be plenty steady in the cooling pond at Chernobyl. It was a good episode though, worth watching as usual.
Jeremy Wade with the “Atomic Assasion” Wels Catfish
Wels Catfish Mouth