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Two Area Lakes Closed For Fishing Because Of Carp Problem

Posted by wlpo on March 8, 2012

Two area lakes will be closed to fishing this year as the state battles invasive common carp.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the Hennepin and Hopper Lakes in Putnam County will be closed to all public
sport fishing. The DNR has been working with The Wetlands Initiative, a nonprofit organization, to remove carp from the lakes over the last few years. The lakes were drained in 2009, and a fish toxicant was applied to try to kill off the carp. But by last summer, ecologists realized that enough fish survived and have staged what they’re calling a “carp comeback.”

The Wetlands Initiative says it’s tweaking the removal strategy to make the effort more successful.

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