If you're looking for beer money or to augment your allowance,then selling carp shouldn't present any problems beyond finding customers. To do it on a commercial scale,with the investment in equipment, and SKILLED MANPOWER so you don't get in the trouble that doesn't seem all that uncommon......You'd better be a skilled commercial fishermen - as an employee - before starting to drop the cash as a business owner.
A couple 20' jonboats and motors...Those nets ain't cheap,I've done a little research on that....To get top dollar,the fish should get to market alive. How're ya gonna truck'em??..Insurance,reliable tow vehicles....
Out along the Mississippi I've seen a front-yard sign advertising nightcrawlers,fresh eggs, and smoked carp for sale. I don't think they're paying the mortgage on a Florida condo with the proceeds.
Good luck...If it were easy,everyone would be doing it.
So, it seems like the market is there. But there are probably a lot more permits required now than in that time period.
Did not realize they had that problem on Puck, or my aging memory failed me because I seem to have a vague recollection. Anyway I have spent enough time on Puck to appreciate the problem, though none of it is in the last 7 years.
Not trying to downgrade the problem, but one idiot shouldn't be the cause of never commerically harvesting carp again.
Of course with the DNR in charge, it will require so many hoops, forms, meetings, permits, studies, and licenses....that only a broke drunken fool will actually go through the trouble to actually get a harvest contract....and then they wonder why the results suffer. Anyone able to handle the problem professionally won't waste his valuable time because after all is said and done the money wouldn't be there for all the pre-qualifying mazes to pay for themselves.
Sad. Very sad.
Between the bago chain, puck, and beaver dam, a legit commercial fishing operation could make some real bucks AND dent the carp population AND not create the mess shown in the Puck thread. And I always wondered why it never happened.
Massive fish kill by a contractor that was supposed to be removing carp.
Edit: Man, that's twice on the same thread that someone beat me to the punch!
According to page 8 of the fishing regulations, it is legal to sell rough fish in Wisconsin.
Edit: Ski beat me to the punch.