Hm. Normally overfishing is what people are concerned about. Do carp taste
good? Is there any aid or incentive for people to fish at this lake?
I will say I am very suspicious what the efforts done to "artificially"
change the fishing environment of Utah Lake. Yes, carp is not the
"desirable" fish kind for some people but human being is too great to
change that? By the way, carp can be tasted good (just clean - salt for 2 hours
- fry or stew with spice)
Jamescmeyer, carp taste like their environment. The catfish and walleye in the
lake taste much better. When the pioneers arrived in Utah Valley, they caught
absolutely huge cutthroat trout out of Utah Lake. I doubt that we'll see a
large trout population there again (unless it is Brown trout?), but warm water
species like bass, catfish, etc. would be a huge economic plus for the valley.
Carp destroy lakes - they make the water cloudy and murky and choke out other
species of fish.
Most people don't like to eat carp. The carp are an invasive species. They
were intentionally introduced into a number of western lakes in the 1800's.
Carp grow quickly, and the thought was they would provide a more stable food
source. The result has been a significant reduction in water quality and a
reduction in more desirable fish species.
With all the years of the surrounding city's dumping sewer in the lake for
years and years. the ammonia at the bottom and methane on the top carp is the
only thing that can live there.
To cook a carp: Select large juicy carp. Tie it to a board with string; submerge
carp and board in large iron cooking pan. Cover with broth and many fish flavor
enhancing spices. Place over thick coals and cook for several hours. Add spices
and liquid periodically. When the board is tender, feed the carp to kitties or
magpies and eat the board.
Too bad industry cannot use carp for fertilizers, livestock feed, bait, and fish
oil like they do on the Gulf coast with the pogy (menhaden).
@Igualmente....Uh, that is what they use the carp for....fertilizer etc.. Says
so in the article.This is a catch 22 situation. Get rid of all the
carp and we have a shallow lake filled with weeds making it more like a swamp vs
a water skiing/sports lake.When we boat there now we can dive down
and the bottom is very sandy out in the large part of the lake with no weeds.
Feels just like a sandy ocean bottom which is nice vs a weedy swampy mess.Would be nice to get rid of the carp though.So if we get rid
of all the carp and the weeds flourish and you lose all the
boating/skiing/wakeboard/tubing/surfing crowd (which is alot of revenue) I guess
the plan is to replace that with fisherman?My family boats every
Saturday all summer long and the last thing we want to do is go boating in a
weedy swamp. Lots of people have misconceptions about the lake now but it is
warm and fun place to recreate.Hope there is a way to keep the lake
useable for families like ours who don't fish.
As bad as carp are, suckers are also terrible in a fishery, So why is the state
and federal governments so concerned about the population of another species of
trash fish? Where are all the fiscal conservatives on this? Is the June sucker
valuable enough to further indebt your grandchildren with more debt? At one time
a cat food company was using nets to remove carp from the lake, at no cost to
anyone. If its not possible to do this anymore, I'm certain that fertilizer
companies would have an interest in harvesting all the carp that they can get to
produce such products to help crops grow. If the lake can be dredged to
25-30' deep on average, a wonderful fish such as the walleye pike could
thrive and if you eat your catch the milk white flesh is so delicious, with no
fishy taste. And it's a blast to catch it. As of now the water is too
polluted, dirty grey and cloudy to produce decent catch and eat fish. The water
being so shallow warms up too much so that O2 levels drop. Hence the dredge
Does anybody think this will really work? A female carp can lay 1 million eggs
per year. These things are the white rabbits of the water. If you don't
kill every one of them, you might as well not waste our tax dollars killing any
of them. It's probably an impossible task without poisoning the lake,
which I also don't think is a great idea. Until we come up with a better
way to kill them all at once I think it's a lost cause and a waste of
Carp should be netted out of the lake placed in a pond and fed grains for a
couple weeks. Then they may be shipped to the New York fish market as Utah Lake
Whitefish. Very lucrative. Helps them, helps us.
Some friends of mine caught a lot of carp but their children wouldn't eat
it. So she pressure cooked and bottled the carp, then fed it to her children who
thought it was tuna fish and they loved it.
"Over the past three years, 2.5 million carp have been removed from the
lake, but another 3.5 million need to go "Holy carp! That's
a lot of fish.
H2OSKI-Whats funny is you google the problem you describe, you'll
find other parts of the country debating introducing carp to control the lake
weeds. I found two valid methods for controlling weed growth in the
lake.-Drawing the water level down during winter months to expose and kill
off shoreline shallow water plants that would otherwise spread out into the lake
in the spring. This also concentrates the little fish into deeper water with
hungry big fish making even bigger fish.-Aquatic Herbicide granules can be
applied that sink to the bottom and are absorbed quickly by the plants. Give the
lake a week-long holiday for treatment in the spring to allay fears of people
getting sick.I'd just like to be rid of the smell and the bugs.
Netting the fish is only making the company that nets the fish $$$. It is
impossible to get the numbers of carp down to the point that they are not
destroying the vegetation unless the lake is rotononed and restocked with