16th annual Big Bear Lake Carp Round-Up, June 19, 2019

These are not the winners. A carp hunter waits in line to weigh two of the carp he caught June 16. Neither could beat the big winner, which weighed 12 pounds, 11 ounces and was caught by Eric Dyberg.

Fish are good for Big Bear Lake for environmental and economical reasons. But not all fish are created equal in the eyes of the fishery habitat.

The Big Bear Municipal Water District hosted the 16th annual Carp Round-Up July 15 and 16 with the ultimate goal to eradicate the nuisance fish from Big Bear Lake. About 200 carp hunters and anglers — 148 adults and more than 20 kids — spent two days catching nearly 4,000 pounds of carp.

The carp is native to Europe and Asia, but was introduced to USA waters some time in the 1800s. It is not known when the species arrived in Big Bear lake. In the United States the fish is considered damaging to aquatic habitats.

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