'Invasive Carp' Invading at Last

Bighead Carp - Elizabeth Sellers

The high waters of Minnesota's lakes and rivers have done more than closed parks, beaches and walking paths this year; the burgeoning Mississippi may have created the perfect conditions for enticing the infamously named "Invasive Carp" to visit our beloved state. Commercial fishermen contracted by the Department of Natural Resources caught a gravid (carrying eggs) female from each of the two threatening species (bighead and silver) in Cottage Grove this past Thursday. Invasive Carp had been thought to be contained further downstream; the two females signify...

Kick Off August With the 2014 Koi Show

Upper Midwest Koi Club - 2013 Koi Show

The Upper Midwest Koi Club (UMKC) is, once again, landing their annual show in south Minneapolis. Fish enthusiasts intend on showcasing tub after tub of their most beautiful koi all in the hopes of reeling in the grand prize of the competition. Apart from awards for the experienced koi keepers, UMKC's show will include specialized koi products, experts brimming with information  (really helpful if you are new to the hobby) and, of course, some superbly...

What's in a Name? 'Invasive' Carp Explained

Invasive Carp Being Netted

Columbus Day hasn't been the only thing due for a Minnesotanly-correct makeover this past week. This time it's happening in the capitol building. On Monday John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) netted approval from the state Senate on a measure to change the name of 'Asian Carp' to 'Invasive Carp.' Hoffman explained the ambiguity of the name back in March:
Caucasians brought them to America...  Should we call them `Caucasian carp?' They have...