You sick of these state-side zander catches yet? Well soak ’em in ‘cuz I’ve heard rumors (not sure if true or not) that ND Game & Fish might be poisoning off the lakes to avoid ’em from spreading any more. They’ve already gotten into other “sloughs” thx to the high water….
Would it slightly break my heart to see ’em go bye-bye? Yup. Is it a good idea?? Probably. We have no way of knowing the long-term effects if they were to get into any other lakes/rivers…though with any exotic species it’s usually negative….
Why am I saying all this? ‘Cuz I wanna catch one as bad as the next guy/gal…but want to make sure you know that we would NEVER condone playing “bucket biologist:” 1) It’s highly illegal, and 2) totally irresponsible.
That all being said, zander sure are fun to look at — here’s a couple better pics of Matt Schneider’s (@matt.scheindz) back-to-back NoDak Europeans caught pitching plastics:
Look how gnarly and tattered this one’s fins are — caught just 45 min before the other:
Not sure if beat up from old age, or ‘cuz it had been making a nest…. Yup, you read that right!
Another big difference between walleye and their muscle-bound cousin: Zander make/protect nests whereas walleyes just sprinkle their eggs across rocky bottoms.