The snakehead has been all over Channel 2 news today. The DNR won't "say" where the fish were caught, exactly, but were in Gwinnett County.
The reporter was (obvious to me) standing on the ramp at East Bank.
If you catch one, they say DO NOT release it but to kill it immediately. These fish can 'walk' using their fins for short distances and can breathe air...so they can live up to 4 days on land.
Apparently, they are, in some countries, considered a 'delicacy' and apparently taste like tilapia, or cod, or even chicken. They usually grow to 3 feet in length, but the world record one was over 17 pounds and 6 feet long, caught in the Potomac River.
They are non-native and they will eventually destroy the striper population, the spotted bass and catfish populations too. No one is sure how these fish got into Lanier...either someone dumped an aquarium or they were placed there on purpose.
Another point.... if you do catch one, let the DNR know as soon as you can. They want times and locations too on where you caught one.
It is a FEDERAL crime to transport a live snakehead fish across state lines too and many states have outlawed them, even at pet stores/aquariums.
The snakefish can be caught on either small lures or live minnows.
Channel 2 also interviewed a bait guy at Hammond's, but the interview isn't as good as it could have been. Not blaming the bait guy.....the reported probably had no clue as to what he was to report on...since he was WAY outside of I-285 and he didn't really ask any decent questions :-)
Let's join Brandon and go out and eliminate these invasive, bass killing fish.