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Post  joe.plotino on Tue May 10, 2011 10:12 pm

Anyone know of any local ponds that contain American Eels? I was told by a girl at work that people regularly catch them out of a pond in her complex.....I have no made it out there yet to try and catch some but I was intrigued that they may inhabit some local water here. Reason is that I will be doing an extensive amount of Striped Bass fishing in the Chesapeake this summer / fall and a local supply of them would be fantastic. I think they sell for $1 - $2 a piece in the local tackle shop in VA. They are incredibly resilient fish and I can put them in a cooler with news paper and transport them to VA to fish with.

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Post  Backlash on Wed May 11, 2011 9:48 am

I haven't heard of the eels in ponds before, but then again there is not very much known about them at all. They were thought to be a salt fish until just a few years ago, when it was discovered that they actually mature in freshwater then return to the seas in order to spawn. New discoveries have unleashed a revival of interest in the species by scientist and writers. North Carolina is currently doing a passage study of the American Eel on the upper Roanoke River and ask anglers that catch eels is this area keep them and contact one of the biologists working on the study. Elsewhere, there seems to something that is causing a decline in eel population and the question why hasn't been answered. Anyway, here's a link to some US Fish and Wildlife information that might be helpful. http://www.fws.gov/northeast/newsroom/facts.html
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Post  joe.plotino on Wed May 11, 2011 10:21 am

That is some really interesting stuff. Had no idea the complexity of the eel and how so much is not known about its natural life span. Especially considering its immense application as a salt water bait. I am going to have to definitely check out this local pond and see if there really are American eels in there and how big the population is.

Ha watch it is a population of snakehead. I would exterminate them all. That is a scary species. They have been found in the Chesapeake tributaries which is not comforting.

Will let you all know I may try and go today.....
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Post  Snagged on Wed May 11, 2011 1:11 pm

I'd heard once before that eels were primarily in the rivers. If you're finding them in the pond, it could be that someone bought them for bait and ended up throwing them in the pond. That's a total guess though.
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Post  Coach on Wed May 25, 2011 7:08 pm

Have caught eels in the South River near Autryville. They are a nasty looking fish. Shocked Good luck in your pursuit of them. Oh yeah. They were caught while using night crawlers for catfish.
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