Something’s in that lake… and it’s up to us to find it. It’s the perfect set up for a horror film. Every year in April, recreational fishers can catch and release in Harlem Meer. This year though things have gotten a little more exciting.
A rogue fish called the Northern Snakehead has been introduced to the Meer and the park wants your help removing them from the area. Called Fishzilla by National Geographic, the snakehead is native to parts of Asia and Russia and, according to NBC New York, “eats frogs and crayfish and has the ability to breathe air and live for days out of water in certain conditions.” They reach sexual maturity at around age two and in just two years, a female can release up to 150,000 eggs. This equates to a big problem if we don’t get rid of them quickly. Although the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation plans to survey the lake for the fish, they’ve placed containers around Harlem Meer and are asking anglers who catch the offensive snakehead to contain them and call 311.
So if you’re any good with a rod and reel, grab a fishing license and head up to Central Park. We’d love to see a photo or video if you should happen to catch one.