Astronotus ocellatus
Astronotus ocellatus
(Oscar)
Fishes
Exotic

Impact ID2099
Impact TypeRecreation
Study TypeObservational
Study LocationField
Impact DescriptionThe oscar has now become a significant and extremely popular fishery in the Everglades Water Conservation Areas (WCA's). Recent peak season angler surveys in the Everglades have documented a substantial Oscar fishery in terms of harvest and effort. Oscar ranked a close second behind largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) as the most sought-after species. Many anglers who typically fished for black crappie on Lake Okeechobee relocated to the Everglades to fish specifically for oscar.
Reference26039
Great Lakes RegionNo
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