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Post Posted: 06:18pm - Nov 6,16 
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Took my son to a spot close to home this afternoon and gave it a try. I got one largemouth. My son caught 2, along with 8 or 10 gills, and unfortunately, a round goby.

I couldn't believe my eyes. He knew it was a goby before he even had it in hand. I was so surprised that I asked a couple guys fishing nearby what they thought. Neither of them knew for sure. I was about 99% certain, so I took a few pictures and threw it into the weeds. I truly hope this is a fluke occurrence. I thought maybe I should call the DNR to report it, found a phone number online and left a message there.

Has anyone else caught one in the Duper before? I wouldn't have thought it was possible until today...

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Post Posted: 07:22pm - Nov 6,16 
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Perhaps it was a sculpin and not a goby ?

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They look a lot alike

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Post Posted: 07:25pm - Nov 6,16 
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Gobies are established in the EB. Got into a pack of them last year:

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I asked some fisher folks that would know better than I and they indicated they were gobies and that the river "was full of them". Good that you had some luck otherwise. It's a blessing to be consistently catching fish this late in the year.


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Post Posted: 07:35pm - Nov 6,16 
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If there are round gobies in there then the native predators better start gobbling them down before their population explodes if it can.

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Post Posted: 07:38pm - Nov 6,16 
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Someone else told me that Whalon had them because water from the EB was used to fill it. Haven't had that confirmed by anyone I would consider an authority on the topic.

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Post Posted: 07:50pm - Nov 6,16 
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The sculpin and goby look so much alike it's crazy. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the "suction cup like" pelvic fin is only found on the goby, and they are separate on the sculpin, right?

I hesitated to post this or let anyone know for fear that I could have potentially tossed some kind of important, endangered species into the weeds. My online research says I was correct in my identification. Funny thing is my 7 year old knew what it was immediately. The 2 guys fishing nearby had no idea. Proud dad moment!

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Post Posted: 07:59pm - Nov 6,16 
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Photo of pelvic fin....
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My son with one of the bass he caught.
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Post Posted: 08:13pm - Nov 6,16 
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Yup, single pelvic fin on the dreaded goby.

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Post Posted: 12:14pm - Nov 7,16 
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I caught three gobies in Whalon last year. Reported them with pics to the Will Co. Forrest Preserve District who reported it to the IL. DNR. I was suprised when I caught the first one but obviously there are a few in there.

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Post Posted: 07:23am - Nov 10,16 
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Gobies are all over the Dupage and Whalon lake. Them smallies better get to work!

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Post Posted: 08:00am - Nov 10,16 
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My 5 year old daughter caught a couple of them ugly buggers on multiple trips this summer on IL River, been fishing the river for a long time and this was the first I have seen them outside the big pond.

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Post Posted: 08:42am - Nov 10,16 
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Yeah, I caught gobies in Whalon this year, actually. Hopefully the smallie population sees a boost in there due to them. They love those things in the big pond, and I would love to have a nice smallie-producing lake within 5 minutes of my house!

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Post Posted: 09:30am - Nov 10,16 
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I have been catching them on the Illinois river very rarely for over 10 years, there are not a whole lot of them.

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Post Posted: 11:09pm - Nov 11,16 
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I've caught them on the DPR.

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