Jumping Asian Carp Invading Midwest Rivers
(SIOUX CITY, IA) It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's Asian Carp! That's right, if you've been boating anywhere on the Big Sioux River, you've probably seen - and maybe even been hit by - a Jumping Asian Carp.
It's hard to miss them. Jumping Asian Carp have started invading the Missouri River.
They were brought to the U.S. in the 1970s to keep lagoons and fish farms clean in Arkansas, but they broke confinement and eventually found their way up the Missouri River and here to the Midwest.
Dick Hinrichsen, a league member of the Big Sioux Cat Anglers, says fishermen are used to seeing them, but boaters who don't fish dislike them the most.
"Pleasure boaters come out here just to enjoy the day, and it ruins their day, because they don't want to get all fishy," says Hinrichsen.
Not only do fishermen find the Asian carp to be a nuisance, they can also be dangerous, because they can fly into your boat without any warning.
"I've had these fly into my boat numerous times, and it's the unexpected ones that really get ya. Those are the ones that hurt the worst," Hinrichsen says.
He says the Department of Natural Resources has tried to control the growing population of carp, but they reproduce quickly.
So the Big Sioux Cat Anglers decided to take the matter into their own hands.
"We just come out here mainly because someone has to try and do something, if we do nothing, it will just continue to get worse and worse," he says.
Last month, the league organized a tournament and caught more than 6000 fish. They'll host another tournament this Saturday, the 29th, from 9 to 2 p.m. It costs $30 dollars a team, and the money goes to the team with the heaviest catch.
If you'd like to get involved, you can meet the League at the Missouri River Boat Club ramp in Riverside Park. Details are on their website: http://www.bigsiouxcatanglers.com/