SANDUSKY, OH - The Ohio Division of Wildlife recently confirmed the first sighting of a round goby in the western basin of Lake Erie.
FWS says goby sightings are now "pouring in."
"I do not anticipate gobies to create any significant problems or impacts to the important fisheries of the lake," said Ken Paxton, fisheries management administrator for Lake Erie.
"Competition with a few native species, such as logperch and sculpins, might lower the abundance of these species, but neither of these fish is important prey for walleyes or other major predators in the lake."
Chicago COE district fisheries biologist Phillip Moy confirmed, in a verbal communication to this writer, the presence of round gobies in Michigan City, IN, harbor. Moy said they were also at Burns Ditch, IN. Ed.