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Commercial Fishing Tournament Nets 40 Tons of Asian Carp


Commercial Fishing Tournament Nets 40 Tons of Asian Carp

Two of Kentucky’s most important fishing spots–those used both commercially and for recreation–are under attack by a large number of Asian carp. The invasive species pose an economic threat to states across the country and even worse, disrupt native environments by consuming vast amounts of plankton. Visitors to Kentucky and Barkley lakes report sighting vast schools of the fish just below the surface.

“They grow large–a bighead carp caught in Missouri weighed 111 pounds–and breed prolifically,” said Ron Brooks, fisheries director for the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (DFWR). “Young sport fish like crappie and bass, and other plankton feeders such as paddlefish, shad, and buffalo, are being robbed of the food they need to thrive.”

Now the DFWR is fighting back, with a lot of help from commercial fishermen. The department is kicking off an increased focus on Asian carp with their Carp Madness Tournament, which took place last week on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. Twenty-one commercial fishing teams from around the country enlisted to take on the invasive species. According to the department, the two-day tournament ended with nearly 83,000 pounds of Asian carp removed from the lakes.



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  • Foxtrap

    Wow! Outta be able to get a fish sandwich outta this!

  • fliteking

    Excellent and TASTY!

  • foxxybey

    Carp are good eating, ask the Germans who eat them all the time. My grandmother was German and knew where the mud sag was and knew how to cut them up without the bones, would bread them and deep fry them and all the people in her apartment house would feast. They were shocked to find out they were eating carp, flakey white meat and good. Opps, forgot, she put them in salt water for a day to clean them out good.

  • Steve Thomas

    Illinois charges $250 per net for a commercial fishing license. They might get more commercial fishermen if they lowered the fee to a reasonable amount. Please harrass Illinois and get surrounding states to do the same.

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Or pay the fishermen to harvest carp out of existence.

  • Douglas W. Rodrigues

    Sounds like carp would be good eating.

  • $13614178

    I don’t like carp , even as I grew up with people that did , however , I think if we could come up with a viable and profitable use for them above and beyond just as food we could control them and maybe make a bunch of money , how about the garden size fertilizer trade ?

    • Daniel F. Melton

      Animal food supplement works too. Pure protein.

  • obhfwb

    That’s great news……………….

  • $12994363

    That’s a start. Do it again. And again. And again.
    Now all they have to do is allow ANYONE to fish for them and award a prize, maybe cash, for the largest amount of carp brought in over a period of a week. And do it every week. No license needed. (Now all they have to do is figure out how to catch them with rod and reel.)

  • CrustyOldGeezer

    Find a big school of carp, toss some dynamite in the middle of the bunch.

    If the ‘convenience store’ bunch(batf) show up and want to complain, throw them in next. Weighted down so they stay in one spot as bait for the next school of carp.

  • slickzip

    Sounds like a fun day ,,,,,,,,,

  • bigalbak

    just another asian invasion

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