‘Invasive Carp’ Invading at Last

Bighead Carp - Elizabeth Sellers

The high waters of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers have done more than closed parks, beaches and walking paths this year; the burgeoning Mississippi may have created the perfect conditions for enticing the infamously named “Invasive Carp” to visit our beloved state. Commercial fishermen contracted by the Department of Natural Resources caught a gravid (carrying eggs) female from each of the two threatening species (bighead and silver) in Cottage Grove this past Thursday.

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Carp to Force the Closing of St. Anthony Lock… Permanently?

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Whether carp, boat or Balrog, no one will be allowed access through the lock according to new legislation.

The freshly christened “Invasive Carp” are back in Minnesota’s news. This time because the fish are behind a possible major interruption of Mississippi River’s navigable waters; to keep the fish from Northern Minnesota, the United States Congress is looking to close the shipping lock on the Upper St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.

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Take a Mom Fishing Weekend

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day and the state of Minnesota has a gift for Minnesota’s Moms. On Saturday and Sunday — May 10th and 11th — it’s official ‘Take A Mom Fishing Weekend.’

But what does that mean?

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What’s in a Name? ‘Invasive’ Carp Explained

Invasive Carp Being Netted

Columbus Day hasn’t been the only thing due for a Minnesotanly-correct makeover this past week. This time it’s happening in the capitol building. On Monday John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) netted approval from the state Senate on a measure to change the name of ‘Asian Carp’ to ‘Invasive Carp.’

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Ice Likely to Come Off Late This Year — Still Use Caution

Ice Melt Fishing Minnesota

Ice fishing fanatics may have actually enjoyed this winter’s bitter coldness; the ice is darn thick on quite a few lakes still. But even though Minnesota’s been having quite a few thaw-less days doesn’t mean that the ice is still in pristine condition.

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Voyageurs National Park to Launch Campsite Reservation System

Voyageurs National Park to Launch Campsite Reservation System

It was a postcard-image type day in Voyagers National Park last May when I paddled around one final rock embankment to arrive at my potential campsite. Many nautical miles had been traveled in my streamlined, rented Kevlar canoe.

And just around that corner, tucked amongst all the beautiful pines and majestic limestone, was… another camper.

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