Progress made in removal of carp from Utah Lake

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  • payara OREM, UT
    Jan. 27, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Netting the fish is only making the company that nets the fish $$$. It is impossible to get the numbers of carp down to the point that they are not destroying the vegetation unless the lake is rotononed and restocked with desirable fish.

  • Shamal Happy Valley, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:48 p.m.

    Whats funny is you google the problem you describe, you'll find other parts of the country debating introducing carp to control the lake weeds.

    I found two valid methods for controlling weed growth in the lake.
    -Drawing the water level down during winter months to expose and kill off shoreline shallow water plants that would otherwise spread out into the lake in the spring. This also concentrates the little fish into deeper water with hungry big fish making even bigger fish.
    -Aquatic Herbicide granules can be applied that sink to the bottom and are absorbed quickly by the plants. Give the lake a week-long holiday for treatment in the spring to allay fears of people getting sick.

    I'd just like to be rid of the smell and the bugs.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    "Over the past three years, 2.5 million carp have been removed from the lake, but another 3.5 million need to go "

    Holy carp! That's a lot of fish.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Some friends of mine caught a lot of carp but their children wouldn't eat it. So she pressure cooked and bottled the carp, then fed it to her children who thought it was tuna fish and they loved it.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    Carp should be netted out of the lake placed in a pond and fed grains for a couple weeks. Then they may be shipped to the New York fish market as Utah Lake Whitefish. Very lucrative. Helps them, helps us.

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    Does anybody think this will really work? A female carp can lay 1 million eggs per year. These things are the white rabbits of the water. If you don't kill every one of them, you might as well not waste our tax dollars killing any of them. It's probably an impossible task without poisoning the lake, which I also don't think is a great idea. Until we come up with a better way to kill them all at once I think it's a lost cause and a waste of money.

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    As bad as carp are, suckers are also terrible in a fishery, So why is the state and federal governments so concerned about the population of another species of trash fish? Where are all the fiscal conservatives on this? Is the June sucker valuable enough to further indebt your grandchildren with more debt? At one time a cat food company was using nets to remove carp from the lake, at no cost to anyone. If its not possible to do this anymore, I'm certain that fertilizer companies would have an interest in harvesting all the carp that they can get to produce such products to help crops grow. If the lake can be dredged to 25-30' deep on average, a wonderful fish such as the walleye pike could thrive and if you eat your catch the milk white flesh is so delicious, with no fishy taste. And it's a blast to catch it. As of now the water is too polluted, dirty grey and cloudy to produce decent catch and eat fish. The water being so shallow warms up too much so that O2 levels drop. Hence the dredge need.

  • H2OSKI Alpine, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    @Igualmente....Uh, that is what they use the carp for....fertilizer etc.. Says so in the article.

    This is a catch 22 situation. Get rid of all the carp and we have a shallow lake filled with weeds making it more like a swamp vs a water skiing/sports lake.

    When we boat there now we can dive down and the bottom is very sandy out in the large part of the lake with no weeds. Feels just like a sandy ocean bottom which is nice vs a weedy swampy mess.

    Would be nice to get rid of the carp though.

    So if we get rid of all the carp and the weeds flourish and you lose all the boating/skiing/wakeboard/tubing/surfing crowd (which is alot of revenue) I guess the plan is to replace that with fisherman?

    My family boats every Saturday all summer long and the last thing we want to do is go boating in a weedy swamp. Lots of people have misconceptions about the lake now but it is warm and fun place to recreate.

    Hope there is a way to keep the lake useable for families like ours who don't fish.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 22, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    Too bad industry cannot use carp for fertilizers, livestock feed, bait, and fish oil like they do on the Gulf coast with the pogy (menhaden).

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Jan. 22, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    To cook a carp: Select large juicy carp. Tie it to a board with string; submerge carp and board in large iron cooking pan. Cover with broth and many fish flavor enhancing spices. Place over thick coals and cook for several hours. Add spices and liquid periodically. When the board is tender, feed the carp to kitties or magpies and eat the board.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    With all the years of the surrounding city's dumping sewer in the lake for years and years. the ammonia at the bottom and methane on the top carp is the only thing that can live there.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Jan. 22, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    Most people don't like to eat carp. The carp are an invasive species. They were intentionally introduced into a number of western lakes in the 1800's. Carp grow quickly, and the thought was they would provide a more stable food source. The result has been a significant reduction in water quality and a reduction in more desirable fish species.

  • Kaladin Greeley, CO
    Jan. 22, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    Carp destroy lakes - they make the water cloudy and murky and choke out other species of fish.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Jamescmeyer, carp taste like their environment. The catfish and walleye in the lake taste much better. When the pioneers arrived in Utah Valley, they caught absolutely huge cutthroat trout out of Utah Lake. I doubt that we'll see a large trout population there again (unless it is Brown trout?), but warm water species like bass, catfish, etc. would be a huge economic plus for the valley.

  • Sky Is Not Falling Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    I will say I am very suspicious what the efforts done to "artificially" change the fishing environment of Utah Lake. Yes, carp is not the "desirable" fish kind for some people but human being is too great to change that? By the way, carp can be tasted good (just clean - salt for 2 hours - fry or stew with spice)

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Jan. 22, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    Hm. Normally overfishing is what people are concerned about. Do carp taste good? Is there any aid or incentive for people to fish at this lake?