50 Pound Asian Carp Caught Near Joliet Considered Moderate In Size

JOLIET (WBBM) — A picture of a giant Asian Carp in the arms of a Joliet fisherman shows why biologists see the fish as a big problem.

Because it turns out that this particular fish, labeled a “monster” in a photo in a Joliet newspaper, is actually moderate in size for the invasive species, Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports.

Verdis Tyler estimates the bighead carp he pulled from the Kankakee River weighs 50 pounds and stretches three feet, nine inches long.

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The picture of Tyler and the giant carp graced the front page of the Joliet Herald after he pulled it from the Kankakee near Channahon, south of Joliet.

But fisheries biologist Greg Sass says that’s actually a moderate size fish.

Sass, with the Illinois Natural History survey, says bighead carp have been recorded up to 90 pounds.

Bighead carp are so agile some biologists have armed themselves with garbage can lids as shields against the giant fish which have injured skiers and boaters by jumping high out of the water when disturbed.

Sass says the fact that the fish was pulled from the Kankakee river near Joliet does not indicate whether they are or are not getting any closer to Lake Michigan.

  • Zach Nepermann

    obviously you threw this fish through a meat grinder and used it for bait right??? I sorta wanna go batting for these asian carp one day.

  • bill

    I didn’t know the Kankakee

  • JCH

    As someone who lives in Channahon, I wasn’t aware we were so close to the Kankakee river!

  • dfh

    Ya no doubt im in minooka where are these fish at looks fun!!

  • Fishy buddy

    Ummm. people have been catching asian carp at Montrose pier for like the last year dudes…. they are smaller than that but like how do the people miss it all they have to do is ask a fisherman at montrose….

    sucks.. I seen more carp than salmon from that lake

  • Billy D

    You know how you could tell the asian carp apart from the regular ones?

    They’re really good at math.

  • mike

    so what is the difference between asian and the carp that has been in the river for decades?

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