Asian Carp Response in the Midwest
Asian Carp Sampling Summary - Week of September 13, 2010
Fixed Site Sampling Upstream of the Dispersal Barrier
Two commercial fishing/IDNR crews and two IDNR electrofishing boats and crews and sampled the five fixed sites above the barrier from Tuesday, September 14 through Thursday, September 16. Sample effort included total of 44 electrofishing runs (15 minutes each; 11.0 hours total) and 5,800 yards of trammel net. A total of 6,088 fish from 36 species and 2 hybrid groups were sampled during the effort. No Asian carp were captured or seen.
Catch summaries are listed below.
Site 1: Lake Calumet
Site 2: Little Calumet River
Site 3: Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC), South Branch Chicago River
Site 4: North Branch Chicago River, North Shore Channel
Site 5: North Shore Channel
Barrier Defense Project
Two commercial fishing/IDNR crews fished a total of 1,800 yards of net in the Dresden Pool on Wednesday, September 15 and captured no Asian carp. Four commercial fishing/IDNR crews fished more than 2,700 yards of net in the Marseilles Pool near Morris, Illinois from Wednesday, September 15 through Saturday September 18. Two electrofishing crews also shocked the area for over two hours. The combined catch for the week for the Marseilles Pool was 69 bighead carp weighing 1,380 pounds, 116 silver carp weighing 1,292 pounds, and 150 bighead and silver carp weighing 1,950 pounds. Catch rates in this area have declined substantially after a little more than a month of intense commercial fishing.