Environment
9:08 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Carp Anglers Compete in Western KY Competition

Credit USFWS Photo

Anglers are on the hunt in western Kentucky for a pesky fish whose exploding population is threatening two of the state's most popular lakes. They're seeking out the fast-breeding Asian carp, which is gobbling up food supplies and starving out other fish species.

Kentucky wildlife officials organized the two-day tournament with a goal of clearing 100 tons of the fish from Kentucky and Barkley lakes. The tournament has attracted anglers from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee who are competing for a $10,000 dollar prize. Ron Brooks, the state's fisheries director, says he hopes the competition will educate the public about the carp outbreak in the freshwater lakes.