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i heard more than 20 tons of carp got pulled out of swartout? is that true? and what are they doing with all them fish?

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MN-FishGuy

A guy I work with lives on Swartout, and they have been harvesting carp out there for the last few weeks. I'm not sure the actual amount they've taken out or what they are doing with them.

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eyebjim

Mccarp?

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PHD

That sounds like a lot of carp for Swartwatts Lake. I don't understand the effort. It's all and attempt to clean up Cedar Lake but every spring the carp come upstream from Cedar trying to get into Swartwatts. Doesn't that mean Cedar has the carp problem, or even Clearwater? Maybe I don't understand the whole deal.

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MN-FishGuy

I'm pretty familiar with the whole Cedar Lake water quality plan. The reason they want to reduce the carp in the upper watershed lakes such as Swartout is to reduce the nutrient output from these waters. Carp tend to stir up bottom sediments, thus stirring up phosphorus from the sediment into the water column and it flows into Cedar Lake. The thought is, if there are less bottom-feeding fish such as carp in the lake, the phosphorus that is settled in the sediment will be less likely to be stirred up into the water column. So that is the reasoning behind it.

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jigginjim

Another lake for the bow fishermen.

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bimbo

yea i live on cedar and there carp everywhere! its a dream for a kid like me!

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late night

I guess the rumor is true. The Annandale Advocate said 20-ton of carp were netted in Swartwatts Lake. Most of them were in the two pound range. They might try it again because they say there is lots they did not get. I cant believe that many carp can be in that lake. The lake used to freeze out every so often but with mild winters the last ten years or so I guess the carp took advantage.

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Fever

That is really crazy considering the huge crappies that came out of Swartwatts the last two years. I'm sure they were fished out as there have been vertually no houses out there this winter. Am I thinking of the right lake? Off hwy 6? My inlaws have a place on Cedar, and anything they can do to improve that lake's sport fishing the better. Carp/bow-fisherman have plenty of ditches to use during the spring to hammer those carp. Not to mention a ton of smaller lakes like Albion & Swartwatts. 20 tons... 40,000lbs of carp averaging 2lbs a piece. 20,000 fish ... that's believable.

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late night

Yeah, you have the right lake. A couple years ago I heard the rumors of huge crappies. I couldn't hardly believe since I grew up on Swartwatts and never knew of much for fish in the lake besides rough fish. But, the rumor of crappies spread fast and I think they got most of them in one winter. I fished it once for crappies and got three. One small, one keeper, and one big one that got off at the hole. I should have stuck my hand down to land the fish but I was unsure of what might come up!

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