The Rock River Rescue will host our annual Cash for Carp Tournament Saturday, June 2nd from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. at Riverside Park in Watertown. We're paying $1 per carp caught by any legal method within the city of Watertown. There is no cost to enter, but you must register at Riverside Park before you begin. Message me if you have any questions. C'mon out, help us thin out the carp population!
MOON PHASE (10%)
MOON PHASE (17%)
MOON PHASE (25%)
Sort of a report. Went out today with my bow. Most carp were in deeper water, didn't see any spawning. Still got 1 5-6 pound Buffalo fish.
Here are some things I know is done with some of them... 1. I heard of a local guy that actually sells them for up to 20 cents a pound and they are shipped to the east coast for human consumption. 2. I heard from other bow fisherman that they give them to local farmers for fertilizer. 3. I have heard of some anglers smoking the fish (something I will try this year).
The one I shot today was from a clear river in SE Wisconsin. Very clean specimen at just the right size for eating. I decided I was going to cook my first Buffalo to see if the distain with the animal is justified. I filleted the fish and removed the skin and dark red mud line that runs through the center of the fish near the skin. I fried it in a skillet with light breading and light seasoning. My wife was looking at me funny the whole time I was preparing it. Although it had a LOT of bones, it was actually quite good. The texture was a little soft, but there was no fishy taste or anything else unpleasant about the taste. Although my wife would not try it, my neighbor, who is also an avid fisherman, thought it was surprisingly good as well. Most recipes I have seen online said to bake the fish. Because the texture is so soft, I would not recommend baking it.
I mean no offense, but need to know, what do you folks do with the carp that you catch? Release? Feed the eagles? Eat?! I don't seek them out, and don't really intend to, but there must be some appeal. What's the appeal? I imagine it's a really fun catch with a big fight, but otherwise, I am relatively clueless to carp fishing. Thanks!
Just wondering if anyone is around the Kenosha area fishing for carp? Was going to go out tomorrow but the rain and cold front coming in might not help much. Let me know what you think. Only bait I have right now would be Tutti Frutti boilies, and corn. Thanks in advance.