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    Default Getting Rid of Carp in Ponds

    I love about 3 to 5 miles away from a farm pond that use to be a great pond to go to.In the last few years carp have ruined if.The bluegill may be coming back slightly but the bass numbers have dropped big time.I need suggestions for getting rid of these carp.I will probably be out alot this summer trying to catch as many as possible.any other suggestions will help.Thank you forum members,
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    you love 3 miles of what? Anyways i'd say buy a bow and invite Ty S out there.
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    I have a spear that I want to get out there soon.It is a really dirty pond though.

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    Me and Blake (Huskerbowhunter, I think) would be more than happy to do it....
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    Haha. Quite a drive for you.

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    Be out there now. With the high waters and the water temperature coming up, the fish were all over the place spawning today. Fairly easy to hit from shore or by wading in a little bit.
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    Since it is private just wade in and net them. Then bury them in the dirt!
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    Talk to the landowner, see if he'll allow a NEFGA carp-o-rama!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uglymike View Post
    Talk to the landowner, see if he'll allow a NEFGA carp-o-rama!
    Haha. This is a pretty small pond.

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    Rotenone (sp?) and then start over. It won't take very long for the fishery to come back. It will be better than ever.

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    I am no fisheries biologist but I may say this. Be careful about stocking minnows in there for forage. Some types of minnows are basically baby sucker minnows or carp like minnows that if not eaten fairly soon will grow into larger carp. As far as what to do with existing fish without doing an overall of the pond... well your guess is as good as mine. I would say catch and eat or destroy as many as you can.
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    If the landowner will go for it, rotenone treatment is the most effective approach. A complete kill and restock.

    If that's not an option, your high percentage approaches - stuff like netting - will have a greater impact than single-line approaches like fishing or bowfishing. However, those are fun so don't count them out, and they remove bigger fish which are more effective breeders, and which are more destructive.

    If it were me I'd be seining the shoreline and setting as many setlines as I could, all baited with corn. The seining will get the juveniles. If you can stock some bass, they'll help eat the juveniles, too.
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    I got an answer for you, but you ain't gonna like it. First of all, I know it is summer and school is out and everything, but I have a homework assignment for you. Go here and start reading, http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishin...de/default.asp, you will especially want to read this chapter, http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/Fishin...df/control.pdf.

    If you want to play around with arrowing, spearing, netting, catching, etc., etc., etc. go right ahead, it may make you feel better, but you will have little or no impact on the numbers of carp. Once they become a problem like you have described, there ain't no getting ahead of 'em--they will reproduce as fast as you remove them.

    The only option that will really do any good will be a chemical renovation using rotenone and then starting over.

    One other thing,

    Some types of minnows are basically baby sucker minnows or carp like minnows that if not eaten fairly soon will grow into larger carp.
    There ain't no minnows that grow up to be carp. There are "baby" carp that grow up to be carp, but "minnows" do not grow into something else. Yes, you can find small carp and other undesirables in baitshop minnow tanks. NEVER, EVER dump your minnows into the water at the end of a day of fishing.

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    IM down. Pm me. Can I get my boat in there?

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    Try this, it works around lincoln. Post up signs that say only one carp a day over 40''! Then watch as people come from every direction and leave with truckloads of less than 40'' carp! The carp will be outdone soon! JK

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    Drain the pond and start over!!
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    Watch this short video on how to get carp out of your pond. Seems like an effective approach you may want to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash04jv View Post
    Watch this short video on how to get carp out of your pond. Seems like an effective approach you may want to consider.

    And I thought I was the only one who thinks this way….. As a bonus, you just might create a new deepspot in the pond.

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    They've tried everything to get rid of carp in the Valentine refuge lakes. After northern pike and muskies failed, they kill them off and start over.

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