WHAT’S THE GOOD WORD? The commercial fishermen completed two seine (net capture of carp) efforts on Tuesday and Friday of last week to remove a group of carp that were identified hanging out in Mud/Crystal Bay on Upper Prior Lake. They had a successful haul, wrangling up nearly 3 TONS of carp!
WHAT DID THEY DO WITH ALL THE CARP? There are typically two markets where the fishermen take the carp: one is to a market out east (e.g. New York) where the smaller carp are in-demand for tasty dishes, and the other is to commercial game ponds down south (e.g. Carolinas) where the large carp that are wily & fun to catch are in-demand. The fishermen didn’t catch enough large fish to sell down south, so this haul ended up going out to the markets in New York.
IS THAT IT? ARE WE DONE? Not yet! During this last seine effort, we only captured a small percentage of the overall water quality target. We’ll be working with the commercial fishermen to get them back out on the lake later this year to attempt additional carp seines. Check back on this website for more updates on future carp seines -or- subscribe to email updates by contacting Kathryn at email@example.com.
IS ANYTHING ELSE HAPPENING WITH THE CARP? Carp seines are just one part of the District’s comprehensive carp management program, find out more on the Carp Management page on our website.