I agree with Muskie-searcher and I think you guys are jerks for attacking him when he states his opinion. "Carp are not a native species and for the most part wreak havoc in the waters they occupy, why not shoot the h$%% out of 'em and use 'em for fertilizer" I wonder why people don't kill brown trout??? They are not native and were actually brought here from Germany just like the carp was. You ask why not shoot the carp, well I'll give you an answer (even though I'm sure you aren't smart enough to listen). OK, when bow fishing you go for the biggest carp you can, correct? Well every water can only support a specific amount of life depending upon the amount of available food, size of the water, etc. If you kill a 50lb carp 20 5lb carp could live in its place. One excuse people give for killing carp is that they muddy up the water by rooting around on the bottom. Many waters that large populations of carp inhabit have crystal clear water as well as plenty of aquatic plants and healthy game fish populations. Muddy water is actually caused by humans from runoff whether it be runoff of mud into streams. roads, parking lots, and farms all create areas where water flows over the land before it can ever soak in. it picks up mud, and runs into the local waterways. carp are just prevalent in waters where bass and other game fish have declined simply because they are the only fish who can survive human caused problems. People see this and think that carp have caused it because they are one of the only species of fish that can live there. Another reason why carp may overpopulate an area is because the DNR isn't doing its job and managing the water. They could Introduce more predator type fish(flatheads, crappie, bass, etc.) and place a slot limit on them or a C&R only until the carp are under control. "It's all about $$. If you research Hybrid Striped Bass (Wipers), they are actually more of a hazard to game fish than carp. They hybrids actually search out crappie and bass nests to feast on the eggs, and will wipe out a years hatch of fry if they are schooled up on. But......because Hybrid fishing is a "big industry" in Ohio, the Ohio DNR doesn't say anything about that." "There are a good number of studies that would indicate that carp are not the evil habitat destroyers in the water system (this was a predominant view from WAAAAAY back in fisheries management history), but are actually for the most part quite the opposite. The predator/prey relationship with pike is a good example. Pike, given a choice, will choose a soft-finned prey of appropriate size over a spiny-finned (read perch, bass, sunfish here) option nearly 100% of the time. This includes carp. Adding carp to a pike fishery has been shown to increase size and overall population health, since in an optimum environ a pike will seek out prey up to 33% of their body mass. Whoever your quoted management official is, he would seem not to have kept up with current data or statistics. Quite a few management agencies are even using carp to control the weed explosions brought about by boaters who bring non-native plant material from lake to lake with their boats via bilges or simply weeds clinging to the hull." See, the predator population can actually increase when carp are introduced. But if you start killing the pike, muskies and other large predators your throwing the predator/prey balance out of line and allowing more carp to live in that biomass. Nature can effectively balance itself out but when you go out and start killing carp and predators in order to try to help the environment your doing much more harm then good! Long ago there was once a law in MN that said you had to kill all the carp that you caught. Why do you think they changed that? Well for the same reason I just stated, it does more harm then good. Many of the lakes and rivers I fish for carp have balanced fish populations with clear water and big fish. Now bowHUNTERS lets here your reasons(excuses) why carp are evil monsters and why its OK to kill big predators. That should give me a good laugh!!!!!