Thanks for the answer Tim, I can only hope that we never find out the ramifications.
Thanks for the question, wootnshoo2. In the short term, knowing the distribution of round goby will help inform management decisions of the Lake Winnebago System (status of the Menasha Lock), and it can help direct prevention and education resources to where they are most needed.
Unfortunately, like with most invasive species, once they are present it is difficult to eradicate them. While flat out eradication might be unfeasible , different management options to limit their impacts might exist depending on where they are found and in what densities they are found (and that's a big if they are found).
Managing round goby in inland systems is something relatively new for us aquatic invasive species people. The country as a whole has done a good job at keeping them in the Great Lakes - there are only a few inland lakes in the country that have round goby. Hopefully we can keep it that way!
Just trying to spread the word ahead of the fishing opener - report any round gobies caught on the Fox River, Lake Winnebago, or any upriver lakes. As of today, round goby have only been captured below the Neenah Dam in Little Lake Butte des Morts. You can report gobies using the DNR’s online reporting tool: http://goo.gl/0AG2bC
If you are unsure if you caught a round goby, you can use the Wisconsin Fish ID app to help you identify your fish: http://goo.gl/bmaHb9
And finally, if you are in a sharing mood, the DNR put together a short video to help get the word out and provide links to resources. Please share it with friends: https://goo.gl/4Y3ud2
Thanks in advance for your help and tight lines!
Invasive Species Specialist
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So fellow trollers lets show those idiots on the river we can do better than 8" walleyes , that goes for you guides also!!
Thanks in advance and hopefully it warms up soon!
I will though plan on being out Saturday morning and Sunday, assuming the wife lets me go Not sure yet on what to fish if I'll be pulling Salmo's or crawler harnesses. Still a week away though