I am giving serious thought to snaring some of the carp and other bottom feeders this spring and summer with the intention of releasing them. Will this kill the fish? I just want to experience the fight. I can think of no other way to catch some of these monster fish at my local spillway.
There's an argument to be made for killing non-native fish that you catch; sometimes it's required by law. Carp are non-native, and in some cases I think they cause significant harm. Just be sure they're actually carp; there are large native fish that look similar, and certainly should not be killed on sight.
>Bucy says Malheur Lake currently has only 5 to 10 percent of the productive bird habitat it provided before carp were introduced
This kind of mismanaging by the government shows why the wildlife refuge had to be seized from the government and returned to the ranchers they stole it from.
Brown trout aren't native anywhere in the USA. There's an argument to be made for their removal, non-native browns and rainbows, as well. Personally, I wouldn't kill any fish I didn't intend to eat.
Which fish are designated as must-kill, and also inedible?
Doesn't matter though, even if there was such a fish, and I caught it, there's a good chance I'd release it and risk the fine.
I'm pretty sure snakehead and carp are like that.
Peacock bass are an interesting case. I'm not sure if there is a keeper and size limit, but they are an invaisive species that I don't think the DNR hates. They are great for sport fishing and they pretty much just live along largemouth bass in the food chain.
I need to read into it more and see what the official stance is. But people seem to love the peacocks, but everybody knows to kill snakeheads.
We also have all sorts of wild pythons.
Pretty sure all carp in N. A. are invasive, but there are native lookalikes. Here's a bigmouth Buffalo, native.
Smallmouth Buffalo, native.
I don't eat anything I catch anyway. I stop at McD's on the way home. But snakehead are supposed to be decent.
When I was like 12 years old, I was fishing at this little pond at some park by my house. I caught a ~24" carp and some Mexican dude came up to me and gave me $5 for it. He fileted it up and grilled it right there at the park.
Besides being non-native, I believe the issue is that they mess up the lakes and destroy vegetation. They will cause clear lakes to become muddy. And they get so big that nothing really eats them, so they end up infesting small lakes and ponds and end up eating/destroying a lot of the same stuff that fish at the bottom of the food chain rely on.