gobies are an extremely prolific forage fish present in all of the
Great Lakes. This exotic species was accidently introduced to the
Great Lakes system by way of ocean-going freighters' ballast water.
As freighters travel from the Black and Caspian Seas to the Great
Lakes, they are forced to discharge of their ballast waters due to
the shallow depths of Lake Erie and St. Clair. When doing so, all the
organisms and fish that were drawn into the ballast water are forced
out. Today, such ballast discharges are better regulated to prevent
the movement of exotics.
estimated that the round goby was introduced in the Great Lakes
system around 1990. All species of predator fish, including bass,
walleye, muskies and large trout shifted a portion of their feeding
habits to include gobies, with the most noted transition occurring in
smallmouth bass. By 2005, biologists confirmed what fishermen already
knew: up to 90% of the diet of smallmouth bass in Lake Erie is
comprised of gobies. Today, fishermen for all major Great Lakes
species are seeing noted shifts in their quarry's habits. Walleye,
lake trout and pike fishermen are catching goby-eating fish.
Balog's Goby Replica™ is the most realistic goby bait ever created.
The bait is heavy and hugs the bottom; just like a real goby. The
Goby Replica™ lays upright at rest, balanced perfectly on its pectoral
fins. The fins lightly kick when the bait is moved, just like a real
goby, with a slow swimming action from the boot tail. Initial field
tests resulted in incredible catches both shallow and deep - the
Great Lakes angler is only limited by imagination when using the Goby