Holiday weekend lacks regular trophy fish numbers

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VENTURA, Iowa – Asian Carp might not have been found in the waters of clear lake yet but local fishermen like know it’s probably a matter of time.

Asian Carp have been making their way north for years and in December a large number of carp were found near the coon rapids dam in central Minnesota.

Discoveries like this are concerning for fisherman and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) because of how detrimental this species of fish can be to other fish native to our lakes and rivers.

Kole Northland is a sport fisherman who is well aware of the growing number of carp and has seen the amounts of overpopulation first hand.

“Mitchell Sand Pits has a ton of carp,” Northland said. “We were out there bow fishing a couple weeks ago and we shot 38 carp in one night.”

DNR officials in our area say that because Asian Carp are so incompatible with the other fish in our area, recreational fishing might be in jeopardy.

Carp are known for being bottom feeders, which means they get their nourishment from the grasses and reeds sport fish, like northerns and bass, like to live in.

Fishermen like Northland understand that the growing number of carp will mean that it will be harder to catch the trophy fish everyone hopes for.

“When they’re over populated with one species you know, it’s hard to get anything else in there to grow,” Northland said.

Northland said that whenever they find any kind of carp, they leave them to die on the shore so that they can do their part in maintaining the lakes and rivers

Efforts are in place in some areas to prevent the aggressive Asian Carp from getting into northern bodies of water but Northland believes it’s inevitable.

“You can control like where they go by dams and stuff but, you can only control is so much, they’re going to get in just like other carp,” Northland said.

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