Carpe Carpio (seize the carp)

The Ton That Got Away…

CarpRemovalClamLake2014A good friend and colleague of mine (Tony HavranekSt. Croix Tribal Env. Services) has been working with commercial fishermen to net carp through the ice on Upper Clam Lake (Burnett County, WI).

This week they successfully netted a massive load estimated to contain about 200,000 lbs of carp. Telemetry indicated that 8 of the 13 radio tagged fish in the lake were captured in the net, so Tony guessed that this haul may have captured more than half of the carp population remaining in the lake.

Tony, the lake association, and the commercial fishermen were ecstatic, but their celebration quickly turned to disappointment when they realized the following morning that a gaping hole had been torn in the net during retrieval, allowing most of the captured carp to escape back into the lake before they could be removed. (Carp were heard to be chanting “keep swimming” in unison just prior to their escape.)

They may try to do another netting next week – I can only hope that Tony and the fishermen learned more from the experience than the carp.

Good luck Tony!

Score: Carp 1  – Tony 0



One thought on “Carpe Carpio (seize the carp)”

  1. I am still stinging from this setback…

    Had we been able to get these fish out we would be right on target for 2014, been able further our data collections efforts, and be very near restoration by the end of this growing season.

    Even with this setback, we are currently planning to remove fish tomorrow. The group of 13 radio tags has split since last Thursday. 7 Tags remain in the area where we want them, with the other 6 spread out over the southern, wider portion of the lake.

    Yesterday and today have been spent monitoring locations and prepping an even larger take out hole for the fish.

    I hope to have a much better report by the end of this week. I don’t count these fish out until they are loaded on the truck and headed down the road…

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