Beware Flying Carp!
Jumping Silver Carp Are In The Wabash River In Indiana!

Since flying carp are now in the Wabash River, please be careful traveling this waterway this season! You have been warned!

The silver carp has invaded many rivers in North America, starting in the Mississippi and traveling up its' many tributaries. And now it has arrived in the Wabash River located in Indiana! The fear now is that it may reach the Great Lakes.

We have China to thank for this invasive flying carp, where it is cultivated for food. Silver carp are also produced worldwide in aquaculture more than any other species. Unfortunately, it has been introduced or spread via connected waterways, in at least 90 countries around the world.

This prolific flying silver carp often reaches extremely high population densities and have undesirable effects on the environment and on all other native species of more desirable sport fishes, like bass, bluegill, crappie, etc. Since it is a filter feeder, the algae and small food particles that many small fry of sport fish eat to survive is seriously affected.

Because they are filter feeders, they are difficult to catch on typical hook and line gear. A special method to catch them using dough balls surrounded by many dangling hooks is sometimes successful, however, it seems the easiest way to catch them is just let them jump into the boat! I haven't tasted one of these carp, but it is reported that they are similar to cod, with a slightly scallop or crab taste. If so, they might worth a boat ride!

This Chinese silver carp is called the flying carp because it has a tendency to leap from the water when startled by a boat and motor. They can grow to over 50 lbs., and will leap 8 to 10 ft. in the air. Many boaters have been injured when hit by the flying carp. Check out this video and you will see why!

I don't recommend water skiing in areas where flying silver carp are present! Injuries of broken jaws, noses, fingers, and near drownings have been reported!

In some States, it is legal to use "snagging gear" in which large treble hooks are jerked through the water, to snag the flying carp, but probably the most fun way to go after this fish is bow fishing. They can be shot with a bow and arrow both from the water and from the air. Since boats scare the fish and make them jump, the flying fish can be shot from the air as they fly by. That is, if you are a good shot!

Remember to check your local states' rules and regulations before bagging one of these fish from the air. And remember this fish when you want to “Catch Fish When Others Can't!” Maybe your only technique will be a boat ride!

Happy Fishing!

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