Currently not found in Michigan
Zander is a walleye-like fish native to Europe and western Asia. It was released into North America as a sport fish in the 1970’s. There are no documented reports of Zander in Michigan.
The body of Zander is greenish-grey or brown on top and white ventrally, usually with thick vertical black bars. The fish has two dorsal fins – a spiny fin in front and a soft fin in back. Zander also has large fangs at the front of its mouth.
Impacts of this invasive species:
Zander can reduce populations of prey fish, negatively impacting a lake’s fishery.
How you can prevent its spread:
Zander are not a hybrid of a pike and perch. Introduction into Michigan waters could lead to a crash in some fish communities. There is also a concern for hybridization with walleye.
More information about Zander is available from the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network at http://www.misin.msu.edu/facts/detail.php?id=272&cname=Zander.