This past weekend, over 75 anglers descended on Blood Indian Reservoir to try and catch the most Prussian carp on Sat. July 6.
The first ever Carp Cup Classic was held at the reservoir, with cash prizes awarded to the top three finishing teams and individual anglers.
The event was a success, with the winning team of Xranbo Yao, Jijun Huang and Jinhua Chen taking first place with 243 Prussian carp weighing 232.55 lbs.
The winning individual was Clive Scott with 27 Prussian carp weighing 28.25 lbs.
In total, the event saw over 310 individual Prussian carp weighing over 290 lbs. removed from the reservoir over the 12-hour event.
Although the proceeds of the event will be donated to both HALO and STARS, the goal of the fishing event was to raise awareness of the problems resulting from this invasive species being introduced into the waterbody.
“Blood Indian is known as a place anyone can put a rod in the water and try to catch the big one: from little kids on the shore with their grandparents to serious anglers using their skills to try and catch that monster Tiger Trout,” said John Armstrong, parks supervisor.
“We have been working to reduce the impacts from Prussian carp since they first appeared here,” he continued.
“The Carp Cup Classic was a new way to raise awareness of the danger of introducing non-native species into our ecosystems. This event helped take a bunch of carp out of the reservoir while giving families a chance to enjoy a day out on the water.”
Prussian carp, which are native to Europe and Asia, was first detected in Alberta in the early 2000s.
Since then, they have spawned in waterways throughout the province.
The fish species, which is a spermstealing fish capable of cloning itself, do not require males for reproduction.
This allows the species to reproduce in huge numbers, creating a significant problem for other fish species.
Prussian carp are voracious plant eaters which often eat up the available resources, causing other species to fight for food and space.
Another control tactic being used at Blood Indian Reservoir is the introduction of a new trout species – Tiger Trout.
This new species, resulting from a female brown trout and a male brook trout, is large and aggressive.
It is a predator for the smaller Prussian carp and provides an exciting fishing experience for anglers.