Probably reek havok on the other species of fish in that eviroment. Ive got a link to a page that has alot of clip of ppl catching them. Even one clip of a wels underwater hitting the bait that is very interesting. But I dont know if its ok to post it here.
No True, the Wels should not be stocked in pay lakes or anywhere else in North America just for a priviledged few to get the opportunity to catch one. They are a non-native fish, of which we have too many. Should a pay lake be flooded and the Wels get into a waterway, we do not know what it will do to other fish. Sure, they get big, can be real monsters, but that takes years. Meanwhile, do you want them competing with channels, blues, and flatheads, not to mention all the other game fish? Keep foreign fish foreign.
not only is flooding away to infiltrate a species but birds carry eggs on their feet , then theres always human transplanting . the best way to prevent the spread of foriegn species is to avoid there existence
Although I think it would be awesome to catch one of those monsters, I would have to agree that introducing them into US waters could be a big mess.
The thought of the red-tailed catfish comes to my mind. For those of you who are not familiar with this one, it is a South American catfish that was brought to the US for Aquarium lovers. The only problem is that they are too big for aquariums. They can grow up to 4 feet long and eat anything. Some of them have made it into urban lakes and waterways after the owners didn't want them anymore.
Just my opinion, I would prefer to travel to Europe and experience them in native waters. It would be a trip to remember.