Grass Carp: You've Done Your Job Saving Lake Conroe, Now They're Coming to Kill You

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Grass carp: You're fired!!
When Lake Conroe began to be overrun with the harmful plant hydrilla, Texas officials had the answer -- they brought in a bunch of grass carp to eat that stuff up.

The carp performed admirably: The lake is now essentially free of hydrilla, Texas Parks and Wildlife says.

But while it's got no more hydrilla, it now has too damn much grass carp.

"Many fewer grass carp are needed to keep re-sprouting hydrilla at bay," TPWD says. "Overabundant grass carp have damaged important native vegetation and become a hindrance to fish habitat improvement efforts."

What to do? Say thanks by going after the buggers with rod and reel and bowhunters.

Yeah, you were great in your time, grass harp, but you put yourself out of business!! Now duck, if you know what's good for ya!!

TPWD is hosting a grass carp tournament on the lake next month; first will be the traditional fisher types, then the Ted Nugent wannabes.

"This event is an attempt to reduce the total number of grass carp in Lake Conroe to a number capable of preventing re-sprouting of hydrilla but which will allow us and our partners to better enhance important native aquatic vegetation for fish habitat and water quality improvement," said TPWD's Craig Bonds.

"We have come to realize that grass carp are an integral tool in hydrilla management, yet too many grass carp can be detrimental to future recruitment of desirable fish species such as largemouth bass," said Ron Gunter of the Texas BASS Federation Nation. "Native plants provide habitat and cover for newly hatched fish fry, and grass carp are programmed to consume aquatic plants."

The carp were unavailable for comment, a condition that is expected to become even more acute soon.

Officials say the tournament will help to determine "the magic number" of grass carp needed in the lake to keep hydrilla down but still allow other species to flourish.

TPWD estimated there are 32,600 grass carp in the lake. For now.



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10 comments
mitch rusch
mitch rusch

When you put the grass carp in the lake for hydrilla, you might also think that they will consume important aquatic plants that help newly hatched fish.

Gbollom
Gbollom

Well said Tony! Ted Nugent wannabees? Really!? LOL maybe uncle Ted will see this and come join us!!!

Tony
Tony

Bowfishing is already legal for non-game species on this lake and bowfishermen abound.  It will only be legal to take these grass carp for this date and time only.  Also you must have a permit issued to you from each tournament director before being allowed to take said grass carp.  This is a highly regulated event, as it should be to get an accurate count of how many grass carp are actually taken and any additional measures need to be taken.

Rgwalt
Rgwalt

This is going to be an ongoing battle for TPWD... the population of hydrilla will explode due to fewer grass carp due to the fishing.  Then the grass carp population will rebound due to an abundance of food.  When they have eaten up all of the hydrilla, they will turn on the native vegetation again, and we'll be back where we started in this article.  Non-native biological control agents rarely work as they are intended.

David Ewald
David Ewald

Have you considered using artificial fish habitat products? Fishiding.com offers an array of different textures and sizes of habitat made from reclaimed pvc siding. We have the same carp issue here in Wonder Lake Illinois and attack them the same way you are proposing. Good luck. Our carp multiply to fast and these methods have not been productive for us.

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

They need to dump a shitload of poisonous carp-eating snakes into the lake. That'd show 'em what for!

Katy
Katy

This is swallowing the spider to catch the fly:

You send in grass carp for the hydrilla. Then you send in bowhunters for the carp.How are they going to get rid of all of those bowhunters?

Katy
Katy

I was thinking they'd have to send in mountain lions.Your idea might work, too.

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