The 92-Pound Grass Carp: A Testament to Environmental Monitoring and Conservation Efforts in Louisiana’s Lakes

Record-breaking carp fish caught by wildlife agents | News

A giant grass carp weighing almost 100 pounds was recently caught in a Louisiana lake during routine spring sampling by biologists with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The massive fish, measuring 49.5 inches long and weighing 92 pounds, would have broken world records if it had been caught in a fishing competition. It exceeded the “all-tackle” world record set in Bulgaria in 2009 by four pounds and would have tied the current world record of the Bowfishing Association of America set in Alabama in 2015.

Grass carp are originally from Asia and have been used in the U.S. since the 1960s to manage aquatic vegetation in lakes and ponds. However, this species has never been seen in Lake Concordia before, according to LDWF biologist Shelby Richard. He speculated that the fish most likely traveled through Cocodrie Bayou and into Lake Concordia via a control structure.

The catch was made during routine spring sampling conducted by LDWF biologists to monitor the health of Louisiana’s aquatic resources. The department collects samples from various bodies of water throughout the state to ensure that they remain healthy for both wildlife and humans who use them for recreation and other purposes.

This impressive catch serves as a reminder that even small changes can have significant impacts on our environment. It also highlights how important it is for us to continue monitoring our natural resources to protect them for future generations.

In conclusion, the grass carp caught in Lake Concordia weighed almost 100 pounds, making it one of the largest ever recorded. This species had never been seen before in this particular lake, but thanks to LDWF biologists, we now know where it came from – Cocodrie Bayou via a control structure.

The catch serves as an important reminder about how vital it is to protect our natural resources for future generations’ sake. We must continue monitoring these bodies of water regularly to ensure their health for all creatures that call them home.

LDWF will continue its efforts to monitor Louisiana’s aquatic resources and maintain their health for all users, including anglers like those who seek out grass carp during fishing competitions.

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