Cure for the Common Carp

Work continues on Hennepin and Hopper Lakes in preparation to kill more invasive common carp later this fall.

Last week biologists finished rescuing native fish as water levels are drawn down, said Wayne Herndon, Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist.

“That went pretty well,” Herndon said. “We got a pretty good number of brood fish.”

Rescued fish included largemouth bass, bluegill, red-spotted sunfish, muskellunge, northern pike and channel catfish. These are being held in Mudcat Slough until the rehabilitation is finished and they can be returned to the lakes, Herndon said. The entire property is off limits to boating and fishing this year.

The 2,700-acre Hennepin and Hopper Lakes, which include the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, are wetlands on the east side of the Illinois River floodplain.

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