Bighead Carp Caught in Minnesota River
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting that a bighead carp was caught last week in the Minnesota River near New Ulm.
A commercial angler brought in the 25 pound fish, which marked the second time an invasive carp has been confirmed in the Minnesota River. A grass carp was caught in the same area in December.
It’s suspected the fish entered the river at its confluence with the Mississippi River and a study is already underway to determine if it’s feasible to erect a barrier to prevent the further spread of invasive carp.
While no breeding populations have been detected in Minnesota waters, individual fish have been caught in the Mississippi near the Twin Cities, in the St. Croix River, and now in the Minnesota River.