FOX47 NEWS - Going Fishing
Tuesday was a good day to go ice fishing- especially when you are trying to catch thousands of them.
Hired contractors funneled 3,000 feet of net through a giant hole in the ice on Lake Wingra to catch the fish.
A processes called seining.
Something that hasn't been done for more than 50 years.
The net pulled up a number of miscellaneous items, like a canoe.
But it also caught Muskie, Northern Pike and other large fish like a Buffalo.
But those were thrown back in.
What they kept was carp.
The idea is that if we can get rid of the carp- the water clarity of the lake is going to dramatically improve, says DNR's Richard Lathrop.
The DNR says the carp's feeding activities cause sediments from the bottom of the lake to float to the top.
Which then spreads across the surface of the water.
Turning it into a cloudy green color.
That causes turbidity which shades the plants- and causes the recycling of nutrients. What you end up with is a lake that is very green that doesn't allow plants to grow, Lathrop says.
The goal is to catch around 2,000 carp.
A majority of which will be sold- by the contractor- to be eaten.