Photo of the Bighead Carp in Lake Calumet

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A fisheries Biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources holds a Bighead carp caught in Lake Calumet. The fish was caught during routine sampling efforts by the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee on June 22, 2010.

This is a photo of the bighead carp found in Lake Calumet last week.

This was a big fish.  It was measured to be 34.6 inches long and weighed 19.6 pounds.   Check out it's mouth.. It can filter a lot of water in one day and this is the big concern.  These fish are filter feeders and they'll suck up all the zoo plankton and micro organisms that young game fish feed upon.  When gamefish hatch, they too can be sucked up into the gillplates of these carp. 

We have a serious situation on our hands.  Let's hope that the right action is taken to save our gamefish.

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