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Old 03-14-2006, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, the Asian Carp snagging season on Illinois river starts on 3/15. Can anyone give me a suggestion where I should go? Which Lock and Dam I can get within 300 yards from shore and got a lot of them below the dam? I promise I will not keep any other spices other then Bighead and Silver Carp. Just want to remove some of them from the river and catch a big fish.
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Correct me if I'm wrong - but I think they are experimenting at the Peoria L&D with year round snagging season?

I don't have a problem with snagging carp, but how do you only target carp when snagging? And once a fish is snagged isn't it basically a death sentence? I'm not looking to stir any pots, but I am interested to hear some pro's and con's. Maybe some LM salmon snaggers can chime in?
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Yes, there is snagging for asian carp below the Peoria lock and dam starting March 15th I believe. However, I am not sure how much shore access there is, or how you get to it if you can fish from shore. Also has turned into a hot spot for bowfishing as well I believe. Might have to give that a try this year!!
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I agree, I would love to try bowfishing this year. That looks like a pretty good time on the river.
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looks like the Asian carps are well protected from fishman. They don't take any bait and the only way you can catch them is to snag them. even they have a so call snagging season for Asian carp, but there is no way you can get within 300 yards of any dam without a boat. I went to marseilles dam two years ago and there is no way you can get within 300 yards of the dam even you have a boat. Went to Starved rock couple time last year and no way you can get within 300 yards from shore. Today I drove 163 miles to peoria dam and there is no way you can get close to the dam without a boat, the closest shore access is two mile away from the dam. No wonder the asian carp is going out of control.
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Is there any update as to where one can snag asian carp from shore on the illinois or fox rivers?
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Nope. While downstream by Yorkville I've heard of there being grass carp, I've never seen or caught any from the Fox. You're not allowed to snag in the Fox anyways.

The problem remains that you're only allowed to snag within 300 feet downstream of the locks and dams on the Illinois, which requires a boat.

You can't even use the Chinese fishing rigs for catching them on rod and reel because the DNR considers that snagging. I was told so by a game warden that I asked, and then he better not see me using one of these:



I think bow fishing is your best bet. I don't have the money or storage space for a bow suited to the job, but I picked up a fish spear for about 7 bucks. I have a mind this summer to take some powdered mashed potatoes to bring them to the surface and then have a toss with the spear. Kludgy, but you really just need to bag a couple of them to have some nice meat for the freezer.
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