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They did mention in the article that the snakehead would not survive the harsh cold winters. And I don't imagine it would have anything to breed with around here. So I'm hoping we will be safe from them.

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Yeah, they said it's "unlikely" a snakehead could survive the cold winters. But they do call it the Frankenfish, so who knows? I hope they are right because we already have enough to worry about with the Bighead Carp invasion. Sounds like both species could wipe out a lot of the native fish population. Vern

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Yea, they also said that Pirahna couldn't survive the winters here either. Haven't they found a few down around the cities?

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Good point MedicineMan. Someone seems to catch a pirhana or pacu(which looks like a pirhana) just about every year in the metro. I guess a lot of auarium fish get dumped in the lakes. Vern

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What got me was that the DNR surveyer let it go, 'cause they mistook it for a bowfin?!?
I think a little remedial species identification training is in order for the WI DNR surveyers. Don't be surprised if your favorite WI pike lake is listed next year as having hundreds or thousands of 5-10 lb. muskies where there were never any before! wink.gif

Rob

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I'm with Ebass on this one . If I see something crazy like that I will bust a cap on it. I can't stand the thought of having a bunch of crazy amozonian fish in my river!!! aghhh!!! Anyway I can't beleive they let it go either, it does look kind of like a dogfish but not close enough. Anyway I thought they kept all the fish they caught and cut them all up to do mercury and other poison counts.
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hey i saw you were talking about snakeheads. I have a few questions. Can they really walk on land and if so how far? And are they related to the salamander or aligator because they can walk?

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I think you all are thinking of something else. The aquarium type of snakehead can't walk on land........and doesn't look that much like a snake. We had one in our fraternity aquarium in college that was about 14" long and it looked like a torpedo shaped largemouth bass(same coloring). It would eat two dozen crappie minnows at a sitting. When it got too big for the tank......guess what happened to it......

Yep you guessed it. One of the "smart" seniors dumped it in the Wabash river.

Now let's see, that was about 9 years ago in Lafayette, Indiana. The Wabash dumps into the Ohio river which then connects to the Mississippi.

Hmmmmmm.......could be the same fish!!

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I wonder where a guy should fish for snakeheads? Hot sun-baked rocks? Do they lay around like traditional snakes? smile.gif A fellow told me to use whole eggs for bait, the snakehead has a jaw which dislocates, swallowing the eggs whole! The only "snakeheads I've seen are the ones my grandpa chopped up with a shovel, which were in the basement of an old farmhouse. grin.gif As far as taste? ...Two snakeheads who just "came out of the closet" said to eachother, "They're right"!, "We do taste like chicken"!! shocked.gif

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I had an aquarium full of snakeheads a few years back.They didn't walk either.All they did was EAT!.I have never seen a fish that was that aggressive.Put a dozen fatheads in and they were gone in 60 seconds.Amazing fish.I would not want to see them swiming in our native waters.They would eat everything in site in a matter of months.

Allthought they would be very sporting.Easy to catch and I bet they would put a very good fight!

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