- Mar 19, 2022
- Central PA
And in alot of places I am also curious about these invasive flatheads effect on native red breast sunfish that I love to catch on wets in the susky or lower sections of tributaries. I’m eagerly awaiting Dr. Megan Schall’s pending stomach content polymerase chain reaction/DNA sampling study results(will post on conservation forum when finished) to see what exactly and in what proportions these invasive species are eating.Love this! Our local creeks (around Harrisburg) have been decimated of panfish due to over harvest/human angling pressure and a plethora of natural predators (cormorants, herons, and eagles … not saying they’re bad, just they are here)
Word on the street is live lining some of these native panfish is sadly a hugely popular/effective technique for catching this invasive species. Tournament bass fishermen finding small flatheads on surface choking to death on 3lb smallies. Concerns out there from guides I think for the non native smallies, native eels and shad too.