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The dreaded Northern Snakehead exotic fish has be found in the state. It was found in Piney Creek in Lee County. Let's hope it is not too late to be contained and wiped out.





 

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I heard it was found in Brinkley, and the AGFC was going nuts trying to find and kill all they could. My source is a guy at work, so nothing official. I do know those things can 'walk' on land for quite a ways and can live out of water for days. They were originally imported illegally by some Asian family in NY or NJ as a food fish, and they let some go. Nation Geographic did a show on this fish a while back - called 'snakezilla'.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/wild/3449/Overview
 

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The source of the information on finding these in Lee County, Arkansas???
I guess his source would be me. I'm the farmer mentioned in the article.

The pictures came after a few hours of rotenone soaking in one of our drainage ditches. We picked them up by hand and with dip nets.

This is the original fish I found in early April.


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I hate to say this ..... kill the entire body of water they're found in ASAP. Eradicate every living fish in Piney creek NOW. Poison and kill them all. Restock later, hope we get all the snakehead fish.

Thats the lesser of the evils in my mind :banghead:
 

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I hate to say this ..... kill the entire body of water they're found in ASAP. Eradicate every living fish in Piney creek NOW. Poison and kill them all. Restock later, hope we get all the snakehead fish.

Thats the lesser of the evils in my mind :banghead:
Sounds like what the rotenone does, but what are the odds of getting all of them? I'd hate to be the one that has to clean up that mess, but it would be worth it to get these ugly suckers outa here. I wonder if there is a more drastic, more effective "nuclear option" here?
 

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The rotenone definitely kills them but I think it would be impossible to eradicate them all. Piney creek backs out over thousands or acres and has so many interconnecting ditches they'd never be able to cover them all. On a plus note the G&F shocked a different creek nearby and from what I understand didn't find any there.
 

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I hate to say this ..... kill the entire body of water they're found in ASAP. Eradicate every living fish in Piney creek NOW. Poison and kill them all. Restock later, hope we get all the snakehead fish.

Thats the lesser of the evils in my mind :banghead:
Wait a minute. You of all people saying KILL aliving creature for no reason?Hey, they are just doing what they do.Trying to make a living. They don't know any better.You can't kill them for no reason.I happen to be a fishlover.I LOVE TO EAT THEM!Oh by the way, I've already killed 5 or 6 poisonous snakes this year so far. I'm hoping to get more. :pot: :poke: :popcorn:
 
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