I was at Shadow Lake after work tonight. I've been there a few times after work and always see carp feeding near the shore. Tonight, I saw a group of 3 or 4 feeding when I saw this one with them. Never seen anything like it. Is it normal for this to be in a lake around here?
Perhaps it is not "normal" to see this because they are not native to our waters. However, I don't believe it is highly uncommon to see it. I am guessing it is either someone's from their water garden or one that survived from a bait bucket of a catfisherman. They often use goldfish for bait.
That is always neat to see and a surprise, but as others have mentioned, not too terribly uncommon. There's several places I fish that I regularely see them but have only managed to catch 2 ever. Thanks for the post though, always cool to see different things.
If you do happen to catch it there is a strong liklihood someone would love it for their garden pond.
Yeah, Koi, Asian carp, just heard a story these beauties, although an asian symbol of peace will kill a lake. Theywill eat any food in sight, out reproduce any fish and eventually dominate the waters. Already becoming a problem in Lake Erie. If you catch one, DONT THROW IT BACK!! Let the animals eat it and dsipose of it. You know waht they say, they are drop dead gorgeous.
A lot of people buy Koi for their ponds, not realizing how big they get, and how much damage they can cause (as mentioned in the previous post). So, like any other pet that has outgrown it's space, or become unruly, people dump them. Ironically, some koi can bring thousands of dollars when sold to an enthusiast or breeder, if they have just the right coloration, and are at the right stage of maturity. Maybe I should start netting them, and set up a side-business.
On a related note, I heard the other day of a world-record goldfish catch, in California, in which the fish weighed 9.6 pounds. It is hard to imagine one of those little bowl-kept fantails reaching that size.