Investigation suggests carp somehow evaded three electric barriers 37 miles from the lake. But officials say they're not sure how it happened.
"No silver or bighead Asian carp were seen or caught during two-weeks of intensive monitoring," today's announcement said, adding that additional monitoring will take place.
In eight consecutive years of intensive monitoring and fish sampling in the Chicago Area Waterway System, this is the second time a bighead or silver carp has been found above the electric dispersal barriers.
Only a few dozen black carp have ever been caught in the state's waters, but it's an invasive species that could have a serious effect on native wildlife.
The report involves possible upgrades of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., a choke point between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.
Young Asian carp supposedly can be confused with many of the baitfish we anglers use to catch bigger predator fish.
Invasive fish has been found in Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario, although it's uncertain how many there are or how widely they have spread.
Includes further study of ways to fortify defenses on a carp-infested Illinois waterway leading to Lake Michigan
Two potential state record carp in one outing!
Concern from carp watchers grew recently when crews from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discovered two juvenile Asian carp in the Illinois River – 12 miles closer to Lake Michigan than others of that size were previously witnessed.
Detecting Asian carp, developing a poison that would affect them but not other fish and taking a close look at a key lock and dam near Joliet.
As anglers embrace spring and prepare for summer fishing, the fear of invasive Asian carp remains a proverbial partner in the boat – especially for anglers who fish the state’s river system and Lake Michigan.
Public comments have been recognized, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apparently is no closer to making a decision on how to control Asian carp.
Was it a bird, was it a plane – or was it a real life Asian carp?
Report suggests accidental stocking
Seemingly forgotten amidst all the recent hub-bub over the state's deer herd and deer culling programs is the fact that Asian carp remain a threat to Illinois waters. And apparently so do common carp. Hennepin and Hopper Lakes have been…
CHICAGO (AP) – Minced Asian carp tacos? How about spaghetti with carp sauce? Illinois officials hope serving the invasive species on a plate is the creative solution to two big problems: controlling the plankton-gobbling carp from entering the Great Lakes…
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois officials hope they can make progress on two different problems by feeding Asian carp to hungry families. The invasive species of fish has been added to the state's ``Target Hunger Now!'' program, which encourages hunters…
CHICAGO (AP) – Federal officials say they will begin intensive monitoring of a waterway near Lake Michigan next week after genetic material from the invasive Asian carp showed up in three rounds of genetic testing. Crews will conduct electrofishing –…
CHICAGO (AP) – The electric barrier designed to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes may need more voltage to stop the smallest of the invading fish, according to a report issued Friday by the Army Corps of Engineers.…
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