The Asian Carp is a predator that is not native to our Great Lakes. Asian carp were originally imported to the southern United States in the 1970s to help aquaculture and waste water treatment facilities keep retention ponds clean. Flooding throughout the 1990’s allowed these fish to escape into the Mississippi and migrate into the Missouri and Illinois rivers.
While Asian Carp is the term used to describe these fish, many heavy bodied carp are called Asian Carp in the us. The list includes:
They have made their way into the Mississippi Basin, not to far from the Chicago River. These predators threaten our Great Lakes fishery, and have been captured in every Great Lake except Lake Superior. They can eat up to three times their body weight in plankton. Plus, they multiply very fast.
Evidence of Asian Carp have been found in Wisconsin in the Upper Mississippi Click on Link to Read the rticle
What may help keep them out of our Great Lakes are the electrical barriers in the Chicago River, thanks to the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers. The electrical barriers were designed to help keep invasion species out of our Great Lakes.To identify the Asian Carp and learn more about them, go to www.asiancarp.org. Also ,if you were to catch one you may want to contact your local D.N.R. office and report it.