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Angler Spencer Miller weighed the 84-pound bighead carp pictured above on Thursday at Henry’s Sports, Bait & Marine in Chicago.

Big Fish Fridays: Chicago bigheads

July 09, 2010 at 02:21 PM

At least two huge bighead carp have been found dead in Chicago’s Garfield Park lagoon this week.

Angler Spencer Miller weighed the 84-pound bighead carp pictured above on Thursday at Henry’s Sports, Bait & Marine in Chicago.

Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that was the second huge bighead weighed in less than an hour. Another 73-pounder was taken out of the store before information was gathered.

Henry’s owner Tom Palmisano told FOX Chicago News, “We have had Asian carps in caught in our lagoons,” Palmisano said. “We have seen them for 10 years in the lagoons.”

At the same time, the Garfield Park lagoon has experienced a major fish kill.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources plans to take possession of a large fish pulled from the Garfield Park lagoon on Chicago’s West Side to determine if it is really a bighead.

The lagoon is not connected to any river or other waterway, so its fish cannot get into Lake Michigan.

Palmisano says he suspects the DNR may have accidentally brought in some young Asian carp when it was stocking the lagoon with catfish.

The DNR plans to go to the bait shop on Monday to examine the fish.

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Did he eat it ....LOL

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/09 at 10:32 PM

That fish probably got shot in garfield park.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/10 at 08:14 AM

And they make fun of Rednecks for picking up road kill.  LOL

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/11 at 03:13 PM

It’s common knowledge that waterfowl can easily and often do spread fish eggs from one body of water to another. Obviously, a boat with biological marine fauna can also contain the eggs of no so common species from other bodies of water. suprise this wasnt mentioned…......... by the way, this fish doesnt look like the asian carp we’ve been seeing in the ohio river. The eyes seemed to sit much lower then on this fish. I’ve never seen one this big though????

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/12 at 01:40 PM

Sorry, but that, is a hideous creature.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/12 at 05:09 PM

I think the reason the ‘eyes’ look funny is because there are several species of ‘Asians’.  I think the silver ones have eyes higher up and they’re the jumpers (as I understand it) - but there are others too.

I little surfing on the net will show all the different kinds…

Hard to believe they’re supposed to be excellent eating.  I’d just as soon they were all back in China…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/13 at 06:47 AM

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