MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s evidence flying carp are in Minnesota after a commercial fisherman says he caught one in the Mississippi River.

If tests confirm the fish is actually the flying silver carp, it would be the first documented case in the river this far north. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) now has that fish.

Tim Adams said he caught the fish Friday in Winona.

“I walked through and said, ‘Whoa! We got another Big Head,’ and I said, ‘No! It’s a silver,'” Adams recalled. “We were quite surprised.”

Adams is a well-known commercial fisherman who fishes the Illinois River, which Asian carp have overtaken. o if anyone knows what these things look like and what they can do to an ecosystem, he’s the one.

He says the silver carp, or flying carp as it’s commonly called, got caught in his net. It certainly wasn’t the catch he expected. The state hired him to find these fish, and he finally did on Friday after past attempts proved unsuccessful.

This discovery is significant. The state has already found the flying-carp DNA in the river, but this is the first time someone’s actually caught one of these flying fish.

They’re destructive forces that have overtaken rivers and stripped the pleasure out of boating. The carp catch comes the same day the Gov. Mark Dayton wrote an editorial about Asian carp.

“It is critical that we act as quickly as possible, in whatever ways feasible, to stop the spread of Asian carp,” Dayton wrote. “If established here, they would forever change the ecology and human uses of many of our water resources.”

The governor says that barriers to stop the carp’s migration are key. Crews will build the Coon Rapids Dam higher this summer, so carp can’t leap over it.

“They’re coming,” said Adams, who believes more flying-fish are in the water. “It will only take one good spawn. If there’s enough to spawn, I’ll be all over.”

Adams also caught a Big Head Carp in the Mississippi on Thursday. It doesn’t fly like the silver carp, but it does devour all the food in the water.

He’s has seen how quickly these Asian carp spread in other rivers. He fears what could happen in Minnesota if more isn’t done to protect our precious waters.

Comments (12)
  1. Mark Trail says:

    It’s sad to see a bunch of pathetic losers waste all that energy on such a ludicrous task

    They might as well try to stop dandelions from spreading by picking the spores out of the air with a tweezers.

  2. mwallek says:

    The carp, like the milfoil, like the zebra mussel, the gobi. The effort is necessary, albeit futile, as our lax and self interested lifestyle dooms any hope for succesful eradication. Now the question is, how far north can they survive? How long until they get to Lake of the Woods?

  3. I Didn't Know He Could Write says:

    Gov. Mark Dayton wrote an editorial

  4. missy says:

    So how are these fish so destructive? What do they do to boats?

  5. MrD says:

    Kudos to the Gov for making the effort, unfortunately it is WAY too late now to do anything!

  6. Jacki says:

    The fish eat all of the food that our native fish live on. They overwhelm the eco system and kill off the native fish. They jump out of the water when boats come by and fly into the boats breaking people nose and hitting them in the head. Asian carp are no joke….

  7. youknowwho says:

    Dayton is more dangerous than the Asian carp unfortunately…..

  8. ck says:

    are they edible? We just need to move them from the top of the food chain, right?

    1. dee says:

      They are edible. i read an article in In-fisherman that the meat is light and flaky but the bone structure makes it hard to filet. They have been pressure steaming the meat and bones together like salmon and sending it to (I think) Asian countries where protien is hard to come by. But it’s suppose to be good. I think they should can some for our shelves and see if the public creates a deman for it. I don’t think we will be able to stop it, so it might be an option to eat it. but it won’t stop the jumping. that is just dangerous

  9. Tom says:

    We have native predators for juvenile Asian Carp. There’s 118 3 inch asian Carp in a pound, any efforts targeting juveniles much more effective, including predators they wont eat just one!

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