I don't think it was purposeful stocking; I doubt the person who dumped them really expected them to survive, much less multiply. They probably need to outlaw goldfish as bait before this happens here.
That is probably what someone said about white perch in Harris at some point.They will not take over any water in piedmont and eastern nc
“Our best guess is that they were put here by a well-intentioned fisherman,” said biologist Kirk Rundle of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “We first started seeing them in early 2000, but we’ve seen a lot of growth in the species since 2010. The population is at its peak now.”
people have been using goldfish in nc for bait since well before most people who live here were here....if they were going to "take over" they would have by now. as to whote perch. someone tell me which is more native ,,,white perch or what bass???....yall know the answer.....white bass may have lived in 3 stream that led to Tennessee....That is probably what someone said about white perch in Harris at some point.
Currently true. I would never have guessed they would take over a CO lake. I doubt anyone worried about that there a few years ago. Would have been ridiculous to even suggest it.Gold fish are the least of our worries when it comes to fishing
Thanks I did ok on them today 430-700 pm 3 white perch and 47 White BassGood luck ; hope you slay them both. I admit that I want to believe the fisheries scientists. I want the white perch gone from the Piedmont but not if they truly are naturally occurring. I have lived here over 20 years and fish Harris often. I don't think I ever saw a white perch until maybe 12 years ago. I have seen many more in the last few years. Most of the fish I caught there the last couple of years were white perch.
I don't know how one would get up that far with all the dams in the way if you are thinking it came from the coast. YP are not a popular fish to stock in this region but you can certainly get them stocked, so my guess would be a Houdini from a private lake or pond upstream would be more likely but it is just a guess.I caught a yellow perch in a flow in Alamance Co last year. I have no explanation for how that got there or why I've not caught others given the hours I spend there . I'd bet a million bucks nobody stocked it though.