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Carpe carp: Carp Solutions hauls in hundreds of trapped roughfish

Feeding begins on Monday for second trapping event.

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A crew from Carp Solutions sorts carp after emptying a trap along West Lake Avenue on Lake Okabena Wednesday morning.
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WORTHINGTON — After a week of baiting carp in Worthington’s Lake Okabena with shelled corn, a team from Carp Solutions was in town Wednesday to pull up the nets and dispose of the carp that were captured.

A crew from Carp Solutions pulls in the net on the carp trap on Lake Okabena, near West Lake Avenue, Wednesday morning.
A crew from Carp Solutions pulls in the net on the carp trap on Lake Okabena, near West Lake Avenue, Wednesday morning.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

By the end of the afternoon, they had tossed 306 fairly hefty carp into a roll-off dumpster delivered by Schaap Sanitation. The carp were euthanized with a mixture containing clove oil before being disposed of.

Carp Solutions had set traps at four different locations in the lake — adjacent to Slater, Vogt and Ehlers parks, as well as near Cherry Point, off of West Lake Avenue. The traps are set in about 4.5 feet of water in areas visible from shore due to the large white poles used to mark the sites.

Workers with Carp Solutions take euthanized carp from their boat and toss them in a dumpster at Sunset Park Wednesday afternoon.
Workers with Carp Solutions take euthanized carp from their boat and toss them in a dumpster at Sunset Park Wednesday afternoon.
Julie Buntjer/The Globe

According to Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livdahl, the Cherry Point location proved the most successful, with 153 carp captured in the net there. The other three locations had a combined netting of 153 carp.

Of those captured, just 12 contained the PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags that researchers with Wenck and Carp Solutions have implanted in carp for the study to determine carp population density in the lake. Livdahl said six of the tags were traced to Wenck’s tagging efforts a year and a half ago, with the other six implanted in carp that were captured by Carp Solutions in late June.

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Workers with Carp Solutions checked all of the carp for PIT tags before tossing them into a dumpster at Sunset Park on Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2022.
Workers with Carp Solutions checked all of the carp for PIT tags before tossing them into a dumpster at Sunset Park on Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2022.
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Carp Solutions plans one more carp removal event in a couple of weeks, and Livdahl said he and OOWD board manager Casey Ingenthron will begin baiting the traps again on Monday in preparation for trapping.

There were 308 carp captured and euthanized from Worthington's Lake Okabena Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2022.
There were 308 carp captured and euthanized from Worthington's Lake Okabena Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2022.
Julie Buntjer/The Globe
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