More of the dreaded silver carp have been caught on the Mississippi River near Winona. The fish, which can weigh 20 pounds, will likely send boaters to other recreation areas if they become established in the area.
At this point, Asian carp are showing no indications of stopping their upriver migration. This is the second silver carp caught in the same location within the past year. A much larger relative, the bighead carp, has been discovered as far north as the St. Croix River.
“There’s definitely a few here, I mean there’s no doubt about it,” Commercial fisherman Tim Adams said. “We’ve caught ‘em, and seem to catch them more frequently now.”
Adams caught the first Asian carp in Minnesota back in 2003.
What he netted this week is still more evidence of a growing threat to both our fishing and boating fun.
“Imagine a guy on a jet ski…having a 20-pound fish coming at [him],” Adams said. “Once they’re here…the recreational boating is just going to…hardly exist.”