Reminder - Black Carp Bounty for All Fishers

Rachel Torbert
Reminder - Black Carp Bounty for All Fishers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is encouraging all fishers in the region to report and turn in any specimens of invasive black carp that they capture.  The IDNR offers a $100 bounty for each black carp harvested by commercial fishers and all sport anglers/bow-fishers.  The bounty is available to captures within Illinois and also the surrounding region, based on the need for biological information, which may include the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.  The fish are valuable to scientists in providing information that may assist in management of this fish in the future.

Most recently, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has reported a black carp capture from the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana.

If you suspect that you may have caught a black carp, please call one of the phone numbers below during regular business hours or report it to your state natural resources agency. Fish should be held cold on ice (not alive) until turned in.  Having cellphone photos from several angles that can be shared will assist in rapid identification.

Illinois DNR: 217.785.8772
Southern Illinois University: 618.453.6089
U.S. Geological Survey: 573.876.1866

For help in reporting and identifying black carp (which most closely resemble grass carp, another of the Asian carp species), click here for more information:
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