Originally posted by nextguyinline
Speaker, that is a well known urban legend. A lake here in Nebraska has the same story, except it was a crew making repairs to a dam. I also heard the same story from some locals in the Ozarks.
Such stories pop up all over the country in countless rivers and lakes and reservoirs, often with details startlingly similar to the ones from Elephant Butte - but this shouldn't make us think any less of our stories.
Our stories may be unproven. They may lack physical evidence or firsthand witnesses, and they may have every hallmark of an urban legend, but they do have one thing going for them: Nowhere else in America are the fabled catfish ever so big.