Twenty-one teams from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee have signed up for the country’s first commercial fishing tournament for Asian carp.
The Carp Madness Tournament is being held at Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky this Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Our goal is simple: We want to purge 100 tons of carp from two of the state’s best fishing lakes,” said Ron Brooks, fisheries director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
“Kentucky Afield” television host Tim Farmer will emcee the final tournament weigh-in at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kentucky Dam Marina ramp in Gilbertsville.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is offering $10,000 to the commercial fishing team that brings in the most poundage. The department is dividing a total of $20,000 among the top five teams. Netting is the best way to capture Asian carp since they are plankton feeders and do not bite baited hooks.