Pharos-Tribune

Local News

August 20, 2013

Biologists look to stop Asian carp

Biologists need help in curbing invasive species' progress into Great Lakes.

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Stop the invasion.

That’s the message biologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources hope anglers near Lake Monroe will heed.

The invasion they are concerned with involves several species of Asian carp that can now be found just below the dam at Lake Monroe. They are hoping people fishing in the tailwaters below the dam don’t help spread Asian carp into the lake. At this time, the biologists don’t think Asian carp have been introduced into Indiana’s largest man-made lake.

But they have had reports from some fishermen that some other anglers in the tailwater area have been catching live gizzard shad and then using them as bait in Lake Monroe, which fish can’t reach by themselves because the dam blocks them.

They also fear that some anglers may think they have caught gizzard shad but instead actually have silver carp, one of the species of Asian fish that have been spreading into Indiana rivers and streams, The Herald-Times reported.

“The tailwaters are a critical control point” in the fight to stop the spread of the Asian carp, according to Debra King, assistant fisheries biologist in Indiana’s District 5, which includes Lake Monroe.

“You can fish with live shad from [Lake] Monroe but you cannot transport them from anywhere else,” King explained. That includes the tailwater area that is actually part of Salt Creek, not Lake Monroe.

King said she first found Asian carp in the tailwaters area in 2010, while netting fish to see what species were available for area fishermen and women.

That was a surprise for the biologists, who had thought Williams Dam would be enough of a physical barrier to stop the spread of the Asian carp upstream and into the East Fork of the White River and its tributaries. But the area near Williams Dam flooded in 2008, allowing the fish to swim upstream unimpeded, eventually reaching the edge of Lake Monroe.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • UPDATED: Logansport HS teacher arrested on child seduction charge

    A Logansport High School teacher was arrested Thursday on a charge of child seduction.

    April 18, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 18, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS-PT041814 LC50 cords.jpg 50 years later WALTON -- Dean "D.A." Zehring graduated from the current Lewis Cass High School, but he never attended classes there. It's one of the unique characteristics of the graduating class of 1968, the first class to complete all four years of high school un

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Caston considers Logan bus stop FULTON -- Caston Schools administrators are considering establishing a bus stop a few miles outside its boundaries on the north side of Logansport. The school board recently discussed the feasibility of adding a bus stop for students transferring fro

    April 18, 2014

  • mushroom Parks let mushroom hunters forage off-trail INDIANAPOLIS - Rain that pounded Brown County State Park in early April dampened the number of hikers and mountain bikers in Indiana's largest state park, but foragers of the property's 15,000 acres of forest welcomed the weather. With the arrival o

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 17, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 G.jpg Sign of support: Class meant to connect hearing-impaired family members Jordanna Dishner-Rush gestured forcefully to a coat rack hanging in the back of the meeting room at the Logansport Library. She was trying to use just hand motions — no speech — to get the other women to guess the secret word she'd been given. Dishne

    April 17, 2014 12 Photos

  • Logansport graduation rate rises again Logansport High School's graduation rate jumped almost 2 percentage points to 92.9 percent in 2013, data released Wednesday show. The Indiana Department of Education released graduation data for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday. The data show that

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS-PT041714 Mustangs.jpg Local dealer celebrates the Mustang Fifty years ago today, the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair. Now, six of them will be on display for the next few weeks at Rick's Auto Sales in Logansport celebrating what the business owner says is a half centur

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Redevelopment commission proposes new TIF expansion The Logansport Redevelopment Commission is now considering including land surrounding Water Street in a proposed consolidation of the city's tax increment financing districts. A tax increment financing, or TIF, district, captures the increments of an

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition