With populations of Asian carp solidly established and expanding in many midwestern rivers some states are trying to find uses for bighead and silver carp.
They’re hoping they can be used for human and pet foods. Other options include high quality fertilizer.
There’s no question the invasive species make danged fine catfish bait.
Tim Davidson recently sent me a photo of a 43-pound blue catfish his brother Gene caught on the Kansas River near Kansas City. He was using cut Asian carp for bait.
Last year a Missouri angler fishing on the Mississippi River used a hunk of cut Asian carp to land a blue catfish three times bigger than Davidson’s admirable catch.
Now if we could just get every trout, crappie, bass, pike, salmon, sturgeon, bluegill, walleye, bullhead, grayling, gar, drum, buffalo, white bass, striper and sunfish angler in the world to start using cut Asian carp maybe we could put a dent in their population.
Nah, but if we could figure out a way to use them as an alternative to fossil fuels!