I was reading an article about the spread of Asian Carp on the Mississippi River in Minnesota (St Cloud Times) and according to water tests taken by the DNR, 3 tests proved positive for Asian Carp above the Coon Rapids Dam. These tests are being verified and do not tell if there is a breeding population or a large population above the dam, but it does show that they are there. They now have a path to get to Minnesota’s most popular fishery, Mille Lacs Lake.
The Coon Rapids Dam is planned to receive about $16 million in improvements, which would make the dam about 99% effective in slowing invasive species, like Asian Carp, from going upstream (according to DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr).
Event though the dam has not completely stopped the carp, controlling the existing population above is critical until the dam receives the improvements.
All I can say is that I pray the carp don’t make it to a great fishery like Mille Lacs. It is a nearby fishing destination for thousands of anglers and truly gives everyone a chance of catching a fish of a lifetime.
My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.