Update 5-21-19: Over 3,000 pounds of carp removed from Upper Prior Lake!
PLSLWD staff have been keeping an eye on the Arctic Lake outlet this spring, waiting for carp to start crowding tightly into the channel as their natural instinct draws them to travel upstream for spawning. The City of Prior Lake and the PLSLWD placed a barrier at the outlet to Arctic Lake so that they can no longer make their way upstream.
There are a handful of opportunities in springtime where the carp start moving together toward the outlet after a rain event and begin stacking up on top of each other trying to get through the closed outlet. Staff seized the opportunity on May 20th, 2019 when they observed the carp stacking up to throw a net barrier in behind them and trap them in the channel. WSB scientists then used their electrofishing boat to stun the fish, and worked with PLSLWD staff to pull the carp out of the water, loading them onto the boat. The carp haul was then ready to be taken to the Organics Recycling Facility to be turned into compost.
There were a total of 266 carp removed from Upper Prior Lake totaling an estimated 3,600 pounds! This gets us partially to our water quality goal for carp populations levels, with about another 50-60K pounds of removals to go. The work isn’t done yet, and the PLSLWD will be out completing more carp removals this spring and fall!
To watch a video of the carp haul, click here.
Update 4-22-19: FIRST seine of the year COMPLETE!
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. 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.
Update 4-17-19: THIRD time is the charm!
WHAT’S THE STATUS? Unlike the reliable USPS mail service, rain (thunder), sleet and (waist deep) snow WILL stop us from doing a carp seine. The commercial fishermen were ready today with their nets to go after the carp, but the weather did not get the message and released a plenty of thunder & lighting, thwarting today’s seining activities.
ARE THEY DONE TRYING? Nope! The carp are still staying grouped up nicely in Crystal/Mud Bay and the commercial fishermen are going to (tentatively) take another shot at a seine on Friday. The semi truck will be out at the boat launch on Saturday to transport the carp to markets, and we are still crossing our fingers for a good haul.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP? Please help the carp removal efforts by passing along the message to friends & neighbors that they should continue to keep boats and watercraft out of Crystal/Mud Bay until the carp have been completely removed on Saturday, especially on the southern end where the carp are grouped up.
HOW CAN I GET UPDATES ON THE PROJECT? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our carp seine notification list to receive email updates or keep checking this page for updates. In addition, you can feel free to give us a call at 952-447-9808 if you have any immediate questions or concerns.
Please DO NOT use boats, or recreational watercraft in Mud Bay (Crystal Bay) until the carp have been removed. Any activity or loud noises in this location could scare the carp out of the seine area and make removals less successful or prevent the seine from happening entirely. If you would like to watch the netting and removals, please do so from the public roads or join us at the Upper Prior boat landing later in the week to see the carp get loaded up onto the semi-trailer.
4-16-19 Update: The commercial fishermen worked hard today to pull their nets through the muddy bottom in Crystal Bay (a.k.a. Mud Bay). They ended up netting an estimated 5,000 pounds of carp, but this was a lot less than the 30,000 pound haul they were anticipating. The carp will stay netted at the location overnight until they are ready to be removed from the lake later this week.
Luckily the noise and netting didn’t scare the carp out of the bay and the commercial fishermen would like to take another shot at a seine tomorrow. We’re hoping that the second time is the charm!
4-15-19 Update: A carp seine on Upper Prior Lake has tentatively been scheduled beginning Tuesday, April 16. A group of carp has been located in Mud Bay (a.k.a. Crystal Bay). If conditions remain favorable and the carp remain aggregated at this location, the commercial fishermen will be out on the water with their boats and nets to capture the carp and hold them in this location with their nets until the trucks are lined up and ready to haul them away later in the week.
The District is currently tracking the radio-tagged carp, focusing attention on Upper Prior Lake where the carp population is the highest. The carp population on Spring Lake is currently meeting the target population goal for the lake, consequently this year we are focusing efforts on Upper Prior Lake which still has a much higher carp population well above levels considered damaging to the lake.
In order for a seine to take place, there are several factors which must all line up before we can go after the carp. Unless all these conditions are met we cannot seine. For a successful open water seine, we must meet the same conditions as a winter seine, except that instead of suitable ice cover we need open water conditions.
Status of Open Water Seine Requirements: (Updated 4-15-19)
- Open Water Conditions: Lakes are now ice-out.
- Carp Locations: Carp are currently grouped up in Mud Bay (Crystal Bay).
- Temperature: Temperatures are adequate.
- Commercial Fishermen: Commercial fishermen are tentatively lined up for this week.
- Market: Market is currently available for carp.
For more information visit our carp management program page.