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capturing dojos from the wild

Posted By: Doug Sweet <dsweet@detroitzoo.org>
Date: Friday, 12 May 2000, at 2:41 p.m.

Loach Lovers: I would like to capture large numbers of dojo or Japanese weatherfish (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) which have become feral in a stream system in southeast lower Michigan. I have tried numerous methods such as dip nets, minnow traps, and electrofishers with only limited success. How are dojos captured in Korea, Japan and China? Are traps used? If so, what is the style and type of trap? What bait is most effective? We all know how difficult these fish are to catch in the aquarium, you should try it in the wild. There must be an easier method than the ones I have used. As I have said, minnow traps, electrofishers, and dip nets all have yielded a few but not enough to be worth my efforts. Can anybody help? Thanks.