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Old 06-16-2009, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It had been my understanding for years that the Asian Carp, Silver- Bighead, originated in Arkansas from lakes stocked with them by fish farmers and flooded and escaped into the Missippi. Our danger here was that they would get into Lake Michigan from comming up the Missippi & Illinois Rivers.

What I now hear is that they are all over the place. They are said to have been in the Wabash River in Indiana for 15 years, and they are bow fishing for them.

What is the real story on these Carp?
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's the story, straight from a fish farm in Arkansas to the whole Mississipi drainage, from Louisiana to Ohio and beyond. Check the bowfishing forum, the Illinois is the premier river in the country to shoot Silvers, and pretty good for bigheads and grassies to....Unfortunately.

While they're fun to shoot the irrepairable damage they are doing and have done to the eco system is beyond comprehension.
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If these things are in Indiana, Ohio, etc., I wonder if the other states are putting the electronic barriers in the rivers, or have these things allready found their way into the Great Lakes?
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The only way from the watersheds they presently inhabit to get into the Great Lakes is via Illinois. Don't let anyone kid ya, they're already there. There was a confirmed bighead in LM over a year ago, and it's good luck in some asian cultures to buy two live silvers/bigheads and eat one and release the other live.
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How do you catch them and are they edible?
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They're filter feeders so accidentally snagging one is about the only way you'll catch one. We use 3' pieces of fiberglass to get them . They are both very edible but have some serious bones to contend with. They're meat is white, mild and flaky. Nothing like a common carp at all.
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The only way from the watersheds they presently inhabit to get into the Great Lakes is via Illinois.
Couldn't they get up the Ohio river, into Lake Erie and beyond?
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If the Ohio river actually flowed into or from Erie that would be a very distinct possibility.
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O.K. -what river flows out of Erie at Toledo?
I believe that makes it's way through Ohio/Indiana and flows into the Ohio river near Terre Haut.
That is the route that I'm thinking...
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Even though I didn't take the time to look up the name, the river looks like it forks and then dead ends around Decatur and Dupont respectively.
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