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DNR warns of goby invasion

  • WinnebagoViking
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    Posts: 420
    #1564120

    The round goby, an unwanted aquatic invasive species, has made its presence known immediately below the Neenah dam.

    The four gobies caught recently, according to Kendall Kamke, DNR Oshkosh fisheries team supervisor, are the first evidence of the species in the waterway above the series of locks and dams downstream. DNR. in a request released Friday, is asking area anglers to investigate if the species is also present upstream of the Neenah and Menasha dams in Lake Winnebago. The DNR is coordinating efforts with the Fox River Navigational System Authority, which has closed the Menasha lock.

    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/goin-fishin-on-the-fox-dnr-warns-of-goby-invasion/article_4759dbb7-9b6c-5e34-8916-cb69a89317ad.html

    steve-fellegy
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    Resides on the North Shores of Mille Lacs--guiding on Farm Island these days
    Posts: 1294
    #1564182

    So—-we are now warned. Warned about what? Is there a history of these critters bringing down any fisheries or another species of fish? What is an angler to do with this warning?

    nhamm
    Inactive
    Robbinsdale
    Posts: 7348
    #1564192

    What is an angler to do with this warning?

    Go buy some goby baits whistling

    Randy Wieland
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    Lebanon. WI
    Posts: 12954
    #1564991

    It’s unreal the pace that they spread throughout the great lakes. No doubt its a matter of time that they hitch a ride and make it into local inland lakes. They are super aggressive and will over take other species. However, they will also become a new food source. Smallies and walleyes love them

    steve-fellegy
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    Resides on the North Shores of Mille Lacs--guiding on Farm Island these days
    Posts: 1294
    #1564995

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>steve-fellegy wrote:</div>
    What is an angler to do with this warning?

    Go buy some goby baits ” src=”//cdn.in-depthoutdoors.com/wp-content/smilies/icon_whistling.gif” />

    My days on Erie have boated many dozens of the little guys on BIG crawlers and #8 spinner blades…so those little guys play tough guy all the time. They live VERY tight to the bottom–that is for sure.

    Like Randy says–the walleyes love them. And like the zeebs, many years of Goby in our waters have not been the end of the world near as I can see.

    But we are “warned” so do we take cover or quit fishing or need a bigger boat or arm ourselves or ?? lol “Warns”/”invasion”?

    jon amundson
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    #1564996

    All in fun, but I sounds like mille lacs could use a few of these seeing the shortage of forage

    WinnebagoViking
    Inactive
    Posts: 420
    #1565029

    Sturgeon probably won’t eat ’em but the gobies will surely eat the red worms that are a staple of the sturgeons diet. We’ve see what the Mille Lacs brand of angler advocacy has resulted in…stay out of our business.

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    Brian Klawitter
    Keymaster
    Minnesota/Wisconsin Mississippi River
    Posts: 58727
    #1565033

    Sturgeon probably won’t eat ’em but the gobies will surely eat the red worms that are a staple of the sturgeons diet. We’ve see what the Mille Lacs brand of angler advocacy has resulted in…stay out of our business.

    I must be reading/understanding this wrong.:???:

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