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Snakeheads Thriving In Local Waters

The Northern Snakehead is native to China and Korea. They first appeared in our area three years ago, and some worry the voracious fish will knock our ecosystem out of balance.

It didn't take long for a snakehead to land in the net of an inland fisheries biologist. He caught the pile in about 20 minutes. This fish find happened in a tiny stretch of Dogue Creek in Mount Vernon. At the time, the water was high and bait fish are so thick, you could almost walk on the water. That's when a few locals noticed something strange. They say the dreaded snakehead.No one has seen anything like it, and that's why John Odenkirk, a state biologist, raced out here. The Northern Snakehead is native to China and Korea. They first appeared in our area three years ago, and some worry the voracious fish will knock our ecosystem out of balance. It could also, says Odenkirk, become a new species for sports fisherman. But at least one area fishing guide, John Sissom, isn't sold on the idea.