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I stocked grass carp in my 1 acre pond a few years ago & now

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I stocked grass carp in my 1 acre pond a few years ago & now I have 8 huge fish (10 lbs each) in there. How can I remove a few of them? Thanks for any info.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Fish
Expert:  Anna replied 6 months ago.
Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in fish. Your problem is quite different from those I usually help with - disease in tropical fish, sick koi, etc. I have read about grass carp becoming a problem in some areas, and all the Extension Service websites say there is no effective way to get rid of them. In some southern states, it's illegal to sell and stock grass carp that haven't been sterilized. However, I found some tips that might help you on some sport fishing sites. Apparently, grass carp are very good to eat, and a challenge to catch. It sounds like your best way to get rid of some of these fish is to go fishing yourself or invite fisherman to your pond.Bait is the key to catching them. It is recommended to first make fermented corn. Put regular feed corn in water for a few days to ferment. Then place it in the part of the pond you want to fish from. It attracts the carp. Then, fish for them using cherry tomatoes as bait. This can be time consuming, and requires persistence, but it has been found the most effective. Here is a site that explains in great detail: people have tried using the corn as an attractant, then netting the fish, but they are adept at escaping the nets. They leap and thrash so much that it is recommended to wear a protective face mask if doing this.I hope this information helps with your difficult problem. I wish you success.