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   Capt. Peggy Van Vleet 


Captain Of The Year






Big Headed Carp

As you have undoubtedly heard, 6 of over 400 eDNA samples from the Maumee and Sandusky Bay areas in August 2011 have tested positive for silver and bighead carp. A positive eDNA test can come from dead or alive carp, or potentially from other sources such as bird feces. We have not seen a bighead carp since 2000, when two were reported by commercial fisheries in Ohio and Ontario. We have never seen a silver carp in Lake Erie.
We are in an active surveillance mode now, looking for any evidence of these species in the lake. Actual specimens are needed (dead or alive). We greatly appreciate any assistance from Ohio fishers in contacting us if these species are encountered. Please pass the word to contact us if anyone comes across these fish .
Feel free to contact me as needed.
Roger L. Knight
Lake Erie Fisheries Program Administrator
ODNR Division of Wildlife
Sandusky Fisheries Research Station
305 E. Shoreline Drive
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
419-625-8062 ext 104 office M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
419-346-7499 cellular
419-625-6272 fax