NEWTON, Kan. (AP) – Kansas wildlife officials are hoping a day spent shocking carp and removing them from a south-central Kansas lake will ease conditions for other fish to thrive.
Four boats staffed by members of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism set out Tuesday to remove 1,000 pounds of carp from East Lake in Harvey County. They used electric shocking devices to stun the fish, which were taken from the lake and buried in a field.
Carp grow and reproduce quickly, taking up valuable space and resources that would be used by largemouth bass.
Fisheries biologist Jessica Mounts says removing a large number of carp could produce a noticeable improvement in the lake’s water clarity and fishable population of both largemouth bass and crappie.