posted on Jun, 17 2011 @ 11:18 AM
Unfortunately the problem of non-native fish species taking over bodies of water from native species is one that has been going on for years, in lakes
and rivers all over North America, and it's a sad fact that after all else fails, the only solution left is the use of poisons. When poison is the
only solution, it isn't just "any old poison will suffice" either, many years of research has gone into finding or creating one that not only kills
the problem fish, but must prove harmless to all animal species that feed on them! Bears, river otters, raccoons, turtles, snakes and a variety of
diving ducks, puddle ducks and wading birds for instance have to be immune to the poison, as does what caused the problem in the first place...humans!
In lakes where live bait is allowed, anglers should use only minnows that are native to the lake and any streams and rivers that flow into it. If
they don't catch the minnows themselves, then they should buy them from reputable bait shops only. Fishing with non-native minnows isn't the only
problem brought on by humans, there's another that few folk like to talk about for fear of being labelled "racist". Asian immigrants, the
Vietnamese especially, will because of their mainly fish diet will go to great lengths to stock easily accessible lakes and rivers with fish species
that are more to their liking, and not giving a hoot about the natural ecology of those lakes and rivers! I'm sure most of us have heard of those
carp that have knocked anglers right out of their boats, causing more than a few serious injuries!
It's a hell of a thing to say, and even though I do not like it, I think the solution will have to include the use of a species specific poison,
then perhaps the closing of the affected lakes to fishing for a number of years. Heavier fines should be imposed on the violators of fishing
regulations, and perhaps even the loss of fishing priveleges for life!
Somehow the flash of a carp as it turns in the water is something I don't find quite as appealing as that reflected off the Cut Throat Trout as
it turns sharply after a minnow in some sparkling, pristine mountain lake!