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Vitreus

Throwing Carp on Shore to Die

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Vitreus

Today I decided to try a new shore spot, about 15 miles from St. Cloud. I must say that I have never been more disgusted. This dam looked like a nice place to fish, but immediately upon leaving the car, a foul stench arose. I don't have a weak stomach - I've dissected human remains during my education - but I was completely driven from this spot. Dozens of carp strewn along the shoreline, swarming with flies and left to rot. I had to laugh at the irony. In order to make a (tiny) dent in the carp population, fill your fishing spot with that horrible smell and filth? I can see if you plan on disposing of the fish when you leave, but this was the equivalent of $#!^^ing where you eat.

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hydro

What dam were you at?

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Rick G

I'm guessing Blanchard dam? That kind of thing makes me sick, never understood why some people think it's ok to leave dead fish to rot in the sun on shore, nothing better than the smell of death stuck in your nose and mouth while fishing sick And what does a guy do when he/she finds a mess like this? Can't throw it in the water, and realy don't want to touch it too much...

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Ufatz

That might fall within the purview of Wanton Waste if MN has such a staztute.

People who do stuff like this are too dumb to get out of their own way. I don't suggest anybody be forced to do this, but in much of the world the carp is a food fish and quite a few places in this country too. And smoked carp is pretty danged good.

It ain't king salmon from Deer Harbor....but then what is? LOL

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ThunderLund78

It's also illegal. there is no limit on rough fish, but it's not a permit to senselessly kill them and litter a public area with decomposing fish.

I know it used to be a lot more common when I was a kid, but you still see it. It's gross.

There's some misconceptions out there that you're actually obligated to not put it back alive.

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EBass

Back in the 80's as a wee lad it was illegal to release the carp caught. At the Coon Rapids Dam they had carp disposal shoots. Everyone tossed them on shore to. It stunk and studies showed that it made 0 difference in the overall carp population. The the law was changed in the late 80's early 90's.

Someone is still living in the 80's. Doc called and wants his DeLorean back.

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Slabasaurus

Back in the 80's as a wee lad it was illegal to release the carp caught. At the Coon Rapids Dam they had carp disposal shoots. Everyone tossed them on shore to. It stunk and studies showed that it made 0 difference in the overall carp population. The the law was changed in the late 80's early 90's.

Someone is still living in the 80's. Doc called and wants his DeLorean back.

I did a little bit of digging here to see when this law changed... apparently in 1981 MN lifted the law that prohibited anyone from releasing caught carp back to the water.

Interesting history of carp from the NPS

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chris63

I just wanted to add,according to the DNR the wanton waste of carp/rough fish dumped complaints are among the most reported across the state.c63

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EBass

I was going off memory and I'm older than I thought. I do remember tossing carp down tubes at the CR dam. Then they were locked. Thanks for the correction.

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B17

Ive been saying it for years but there has to be a way to cook them, that isnt smoking them, to where the mainstream can start taking them home.

They are such a great fight! Why not keep them and prepare them if there is a good way to do so?

However, I do hate seeing so many of them in lakes.

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Wanderer

Problem is for the average consumer, 1 carp goes a long ways. You would have to LOVE your carp recipe better 'n most things to have an average family of four consume even 10 - 10 pounders, which aren't hard to come by.

The problem with reducing them is just the sheer biomass that they are.

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Sonicrunch

I'm gonna get a few to plant in my garden.

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bobbymalone

Ive been saying it for years but there has to be a way to cook them, that isnt smoking them, to where the mainstream can start taking them home.

Jewish, German, and Asian folks seemed to have figured out a way.

The scandanavians in this state are really particular about their fish. Namely that it can't taste anything like fish wink

I hear it's really bony and that's another problem. Mainly for folks that are accustomed to boneless fillets.

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motley man

So anyone have a good recipe for frying them, or other recipes besides smoking them?

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Getanet

Anyone tried pickling them?

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Steve Foss

Jewish, German, and Asian folks seemed to have figured out a way.

The scandanavians in this state are really particular about their fish. Namely that it can't taste anything like fish wink

That made me laugh. For years I've called walleye the Wonder Bread of the fish world, because it tastes like whatever you put on it. Eaten by itself, might as well be unseasoned lefse. laugh

I've had carp prepared like shore lunch walleye (breaded and fried in oil). It is bony, and God knows we hate our bony fishies, but it tasted good. It's also excellent smoked, as mentioned. When I was a boy in LaCrosse, there was an old guy down the block who would pay us a quarter for a carp, and he'd give us smoked carp whenever we wanted it.

Come to think of it, that was the first money I ever earned from fishing, and I wasn't even 10 years old yet. A quarter in 1969 meant something, and if you could string together enough quarters from carp to reach $2, well, that was like being the king of the world. smile

Pickling them. Hmm. That would be interesting. Worth a try for folks who like pickled fish.

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Dylan33

I have not tried any of these, but a quick internet searched gave me this.

Carp Recipes

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Stick in Mud

With the volume of carp the bowhunters shoot, I can't imagine there's anyone in the world who could eat that much fish. Shooting only a usable amount also seems to be out of the question, for some reason....if there's a guy out there who goes out, shoots one fish, and then uses it, I haven't met him.

I don't bowhunt, but I have no problem with it. If I were a responsible bowhunter, though, this kind of behavior would drive me nuts....the volume of the problem is such that I wouldn't be surprised if the DNR began to restrict it. Heck, I was walking in the woods in the middle of Crow Wing County a week ago and came upon a huge pile of them. frown

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Steve Foss

With the volume of carp the bowhunters shoot, I can't imagine there's anyone in the world who could eat that much fish.

Many in the U.S. come from different cultures than most of us, and have developed a lifestyle over centuries that utilizes fish on a daily basis. I have no doubt that if people in Minnesota made a concerted effort to catch and clean carp, there'd be thousands who would love to take possession of those "other fish."

It's a matter of communication and respect.

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Stick in Mud

Good point, Steve. You're probably right. I was just thinking of the pile of 40 or 50 I stumbled across....that's a lot of jjigae. smile

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NEANGLER

Come to Omaha or Google Joe Tess restaurant - it was on Diners Drive ins and Dives too. They have done fried carp for years, as do many restaurants in NE with Bohemian backgrounds. You just need to make sure you score the fish before frying it so the hot oil can get to the small bones and melt them down. Cold beer and a bottle of lousiana hot sauce and there is no finer eating. Much prefer it over catfish. As for walleye hype I would rather eat a northern than a eye any day - its all about knowing how to filet/clean and prepare. Same goes for Gar and Drum, dont know what your missing.

You MNguys will eat Lutefisk but wont eat carp?!?!?!?!?!?!?! confused

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Ufatz

The guy has got a point! LOL

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vikingmeatwad

NEangler is right on. I had Carp in the Czech Republic & Hungary & it was great.

See pictures for a nice fish platter we got. It had Carp, Catfish, Pike-Perch(Zander - Euro Walleye cousin) & a whole fish without much meat.

http://imgur.com/a/FlkZc

I was very impressed with how they prepare the fish soups & dishes while on this trip. I am going to cook up some of my own this year.

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rockman

Bottom line is if it ain't a walleye to some anglers around these parts, it's okay to be a law breaker, and throw the rough fish on the bank. Did I mention it is against the law to throw carp on the bank? It is called wanton waste. Simple. Boneheads, who set a bad example to many, are the ones doing this stuff. Keep 'em and eat'em, or let 'em go. Simple really.

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Bottom line is if it ain't a walleye to some anglers around these parts, it's okay to be a law breaker, and throw the rough fish on the bank. Did I mention it is against the law to throw carp on the bank? It is called wanton waste. Simple. Boneheads, who set a bad example to many, are the ones doing this stuff. Keep 'em and eat'em, or let 'em go. Simple really.
your right, its very simple. let them go

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