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Joe Harty

Medicine Lake--Carp insurgents

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Not good folks ! I was out today on the 4-wheeler cruisin' north down the east side when I came across an open water area. This proves the carp kill last summer did not get all of them. Alarmed as all get out when I saw this area 150 yards from shore at approx. 31st ave. and E. Medicine Lk. Blvd.....450 yards north of Harty's North. After parking a little ways away and walking closer to the open water, several carp showed themselves at the surface and frolicked away in their newly created open water spa/pool. They surfaced like baby whales grabbing air. I've never seen anything like it on Medicine Lake. Very close to the open area last year and due east of the bad ice earlier this winter. I will post thin ice signs on Friday before any snow hits. Ironically, this is close to where I would have put a road if I had plowed....I thank my Guardian Angel.

Lakeman blush.gif

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Ahhh carp... Perhaps I should focus my early ice out carp fishing on Medicine instead of 'Tonka. Do food shelters take carp?

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It's a shame the DNR has such a stringent spearing season. I'd come over and give those carp the arrow.

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Wow, i had no idea there were that many of the little crappers in the lake. anyone up for a good ol' carp slaughter this summer?

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I find them the easiest to catch (or shoot) in the spring. Every spring now for a couple of years, I target carp right after ice out in Harrison Bay on Minnetonka. They come into 2 to 5 feet of water and just kind of cruise around and wallow in the sun. I’ve had my best action really early in the season using corn under a slip bobber. Are there any shallow warm bays on Medicine where the carp congregate? Another problem I have is what to do with them once they are caught. As much as I enjoy catching carp, I hate letting them go back into the lakes. Without human interference, carp will simply ruin bodies of water.

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I say we toss a stick of dynamite in the hole and that should take care of them! wink.gif

Thanks for the heads up Joe! I'm glad that you didn't get to close and end up takin a swim.

><>deadeye

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Supposedly carp are good eating, although I think I'd pass. But you can always use them as fertilizer. Or go up north and feed the bears.

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Thanks for posting the information here, Joe. And thanks for puttin up thin ice signs.

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Go on the carp forum sometime...supposedly the pig farmers will take them as pigs also love carp.

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Thanks DaveyG...it was good to see you again this winter, sorry to hear about your brush with a break-in burglar.

Lakeman

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I knew you would show up on this post, Ben!!!

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EDIT. Nevermind. Looks like there is already another post about my question down below.

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I knew you would show up on this post, Ben!!!


This is a funny subject because I just talked to my little bro this weekend about his upcoming summer employment opportunities. He applied for a U of M position doing “research” on carp removal from metro lakes. If he gets the job, I’ll ask him if they are going to do Medicine this summer…

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Is the carp hole where those trucks went in?

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