Michigan's DNR wants you to sort through you live bait to look for juvenile Asian carp.
"The DNR is doing many things to prevent adult Asian carp (bighead and silver) from entering the Great Lakes, but many people don’t realize that juvenile Asian carp pose a threat to the state’s waters as well," said Nick Popoff, DNR fisheries biologist and regulatory affairs specialist.
According to Popoff, juvenile Asian carp can be confused with common baitfish - such as gizzard shad, emerald shiner, spottail shiner or golden shiner. "Because bait is often transported across state lines, including from areas with breeding populations of Asian carp," Popoff said, "it would be easy for juvenile Asian carp to make their way into the bait supply without anyone realizing it."
To assist anglers and the public in identifying juvenile Asian carp, the DNR has developed a video that showcases five characteristics viewers can use to distinguish between juvenile Asian carp (bighead and silver) and common baitfish.
You can watch the video on the DNR’s Asian carp website at michigan.gov/asiancarp and the national Asian carp website at asiancarp.us.
If you do find an odd fish in your bait bucket, the DNR asks that you keep it alive, or freeze it, then notify the DNR so it can be identified.