Spread across the Eastern US is a wee bit of misrepresentation. Are they widespread yes, saturated no.
The point was that DNR had everybody believing they were going to overrun anything and everything, which is a far cry from the truth.
Va did a stomach content study of 1200 Snakeheads. The study statistics were broken down in two groups: 2004-2013 combined sampling and 2013 by itself.
Below are the occurrence frequencies of what was found in their stomachs
Group 1: 42% banded Killifish
5% White Perch
3% Gizzard Shad, American Eel, LM Bass
Below that are groups of fish that showed up 2% or less, frogs showed up in the 1% rate
35% Banded Killifish
2% Tesselated Darter, Gizzard Shad, LM Bass
Last edited by done workin; 10-11-2019 at 07:41 PM.
From what I've read , and a lot of articles have been contradictory , Snakeheads can swim and migrate along the surface of the bay after it rains where the fresh water floats above the salt water called freshettes. I've also read that snakeheads can survive in 6-12 ppt salt water. Bass also eat ducks. That's why they've been selling duck lures for 50 years. I've seen crows eat an entire flock of new geese hatchlings as soon as they hit the water after being hatched. That's nature on it's own rules . I'm skeptical because we were told milfoil was an invasive sav. Then the Bass fishermen figured it out. No grass No Bass when it began to disappear in the bay rivers. Then, the invasive hydrilla would ruin fishing in the bay. Again , the Potomac is loaded with it along with Bass. Spadderdock is also an invasive and it holds a lot of fish . Then we had the invasive mitton crab. Remember that? I doubt that after 19 years in the Potomac and fishermen as of this week are catching 25 Bass a day and no snakeheads on those outings . I don't think so on the western side of the bay with so many fishermen and so little prime habitat for snakeheads. Time will tell.
Fishing can be anything you want it to be