Numerous carp on Spring Lake and Upper Prior Lake have been surgically implanted with radio-tags. These tags allow PLSLWD to track the carp with a specialized antennae in both open water and ice-on conditions. When locations are documented from multiple points on the lake, the information can be used to triangulate a specific carp’s position.
These radio-tags allow PLSLWD to find the tagged carps’ specific locations at any given time. This information is used to help figure out where the carp are spawning (so we can block them from these areas) and when they begin to aggregate (so that we can net and remove the carp from our lakes).
Do you have a boat, canoe or kayak? Or do you enjoy walking/driving around on the ice in the winter? Then you can help! We need volunteers that are willing to check on carp locations in Spring Lake and Upper Prior Lake for us.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Volunteers will be trained to track carp using the antennae by watching online videos and reading a detailed manual. The carp tracking antennae can be “checked out” by volunteers when available and returned the following business day. Locating the carp on the lakes can take anywhere between 2-4 hours of time. If tracking in open water, volunteers will need a watercraft to locate the carp.
The volunteer will head to five different locations on the lake, and write down which direction they hear the carp at each location. Volunteers will then fill out a Google form to document the information they gathered, allowing PLSLWD staff to triangulate the location of the carp.
Throughout the year when its safe to travel by water or over ice to track the carp.
Contact Kathryn Keller-Miller at 952-440-0069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
READY TO VOLUNTEER?