GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Anglers are on the hunt in western Kentucky for a pesky fish whose exploding population is threatening 2 of the state's most popular lakes.
They're seeking out the fast-breeding Asian carp, which is gobbling up food supplies and starving out other fish species. Kentucky wildlife officials organized the 2-day tournament with a goal of clearing 100 tons of the fish from Kentucky and Barkley lakes. The tournament has attracted anglers from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee who are competing for a $10,000 prize.
Fish and Wildlife fisheries director Ron Brooks said about 38,000 pounds of the carp were caught in the tournament's first day on Tuesday.
The carp spread throughout the Mississippi River after escaping from fish farms in the 1970s. They can grow to 100 pounds.