Bighead carp found in Minnesota River near New Ulm
A bighead carp has been caught in the Minnesota River, the species’ first confirmed capture there and a sign that aggressive invasive fish continue their penetration of the state’s waterways.
The fish was caught last week near New Ulm by a commercial fisherman, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Wednesday. It weighed 25 pounds, was a male, and was the second invasive carp confirmed in the Minnesota River. A grass carp was caught in the same location in December.
“We have suspected that bighead carp have occasionally entered the Minnesota River from the Mississippi River, but this is the first confirmed capture,” said DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer.