47-pound Asian carp caught in Lake Pepin -- it's one of the ugliest fish you'll see [PHOTO]

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This monster was caught in Lake Pepin earlier this month.
Asian carp are invasive. And they're frickin' ugly.

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On November 16, a commercial fisherman on Lake Pepin hauled in the 47-pound bighead carp pictured above. The DNR says it's the largest Asian carp they've seen to date.

WCCO provides some context:
"This recent find is not surprising, as bighead carp were also found in Lake Pepin in 2003 and 2007," said Tim Schlagenhaft of the DNR's Mississippi River team at Lake City. "It adds more evidence that Asian carp continue to work their way up the Mississippi River."

The Asian carp is a nonnative species that can cause serious ecological problems as they spread to new waters.

According to the DNR, bighead carp can weigh up to 110 pounds and silver carp up to 60 pounds. They are voracious eaters capable of consuming 5 to 20 percent of their body weight each day, feeding on algae and other microscopic organisms, often noncompeting native fish for food.
That's bad, but even worse would be encountering that big ugly thing while snorkeling. I think I'd probably have a heart attack.

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jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Foreign fish get introduced as a way of controlling another species in lakes and rivers, and in this case its algae from catfish farms. Back in the day it wasn't thought that these fish would invade and swim upstream to change our ecosystems. There is, and has been a market for carp for a long time. Asian Carp are eaten by....Asians! 

Chad Nordling
Chad Nordling

Wow. Nobody mentioning that they could ruin our lakes.

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

How do they taste is the question. Lets eat them ! YEA ! They jump in the boat cross them with walleyes! Recipes ...

Nick Twist
Nick Twist

Why do all the invasive species moving into our water systems have ties to Asia? How does a fresh water lifeform make it to our continent alive?

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

Is there any hope of turning these things into a sporting fish - maybe for harpooning or something similar?  I understood that there were gourmet chefs working on turning these into a reasonable fish for people to eat.


I would really hate to see the native fish lose out to these two species. Yikes.

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