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Old 03-21-2007, 07:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does anyone actually fish for these Asian Carp in the IL River?
I have heard and seen pics of alot hugh carp coming out of this river system.
Also what are some baits that can be used besides the blade baits that is currently being used to catch them?
A friend of mine says they can rip your line off your reel and empty a spool pretty quik if you dont try in chase him down while fighting the fish.
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Tony the asian carp dont bite on anything they are "Filter Feeders" which means they only feed on algea and such microorganisms in the river o yeah and also fish eggs which why they are such a horrible fish to have in a river/lake or anywhere besides a production outfit to raise them for food and also if you snag these fish which is the only way I have heard of people catching them there is a season im not sure when it is but check the reg book before doing so and there is also a feet limit where you have to be so close to a dam to snag.....this seems really dumb to me because arent we supposed to be getting rid of these carp and not trying to help them survive I just don't understand it and if you plan on going to starved rock and doing this make sure you follow all the regs because it is the CPO's most effective way of handing out tickets for this and the fish that you snag and maybe take home has to be dead it cannot be alive if I am wrong on any of these let me know but I think I covered most of it
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Are you sure about there feeding? Because I've caught them before there on a jig and minnow in the mouth more then once. I'm not calling you out , but more curious then anything else.
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From the US Fish & Wildlife Fact Sheet on Asian Carp

http://wwwaux.cerc.cr.usgs.gov/MICRA...re%20MICRA.pdf

"Gill rakers are long, comblike and close-set allowing the
species to strain plankton organisms from the water for
food. The bighead carp utilizes open water areas,
moving about in the euphotic (surface) zones of
large lowland rivers, consuming large quantities of
bluegreen algae, zooplankton, and aquatic insect
larvae and adults. Because of itís feeding habits,
the species is a direct competitor with the native
paddlefish, bigmouth buffalo, and gizzard shad; as
well as with all larval and juvenile fishes and native
mussels."


Entirely possible to catch them on a hook as they are omnivores. I have never had the misfortune of catching or seeing one in the upper pool, but I know they are out there. Like all other fish, seems the nubers are much higher downstream.
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Thank you for setting me straight RiverRat242 but i was right what they ate and o yeah nice signature at the bottom appreciate the comment there
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lol! its so people don't think "we" are talking to "ourselves"
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have snagged a number of these critters. This normally ends up being quite a long battle. But, I have never had one actually bite. I have a small pier that protrudes out into the Illinios, and have seen asian carp taking leaves off the surface. Watching this I have noticed that they prefer some leaves over others. I am in the process of designing a floating leave lure. I hope to give it a try this summer.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you were to take a close look you wii see that the parts leading to stomach & stomach is no bigger (diameter)than size of a pencil. They couldn't swallow fish or lure if the wanted to and don,t, cause all their food is collected by the gills.
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