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 email@example.com 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.