Lake Michigan pacu: A historical perspective

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The red-bellied pacu that Dave Zarnowski caught off Northerly Island on Aug. 7 apparently was the first such caught or captured from Lake Michigan in Illinois.

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Lake Michigan fisheries program biologist Steve Robillard finally was done with field work and looked through some records for Lake Michigan:

We have not captured any pacu or piranha in the lake. I also talked to Wayne Brofka, our creel coordinator since 1987, and he has no record of either caught in the lake.

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