Northern Snakehead caught in St. Francis floodwaters in Dunklin Co.

Northern Snakehead caught in St. Francis floodwaters in Dunklin Co.
A new invasive fish, a Northern Snakehead, was caught by an angler in the St. Francis River levees borrow ditch in Dunklin County, Missouri according to the conservation department. (Source: MDC)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A new invasive fish, a Northern Snakehead, was caught by an angler in the St. Francis River levees borrow ditch in Dunklin County, Missouri according to the conservation department.

The fish was caught on April 25.

The Snakehead was discoverd in eastern Arkansas in 2008. Biologist said it would be only a matter of time before they migrated north, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

No other Snakeheads were found in the area, meaning it may not be well established as of yet, according to MDC.

The fish looks like a Bowfin. It is native to eastern China and southeastern Russia.

“This fish’s wide temperature tolerance, potential to spawn multiple times in one year, and ability to survive in low oxygenated waters are reasons why it’s a threat to Missouri waters,” said Dave Knuth, a MDC fisheries management biologist.

For more on the Northern Snakehead, go to https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/snakeheads.

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