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COPY-Fishing teams hunt problem fish in Ky. lakes

By DYLAN LOVAN
Associated Press

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Fishermen are on the hunt in western Kentucky for a pesky fish whose exploding population has infested lakes and tributaries all along the Mississippi River.

The fast-breeding Asian carp is the target.

State Fish and Wildlife officials say the non-native fish is gobbling up food supplies and starving out other more favorable species like crappie and bass.

Wednesday was the final day of what the department says is the country's first-ever commercial fishing tournament for the Asian carp. The tournament was held at Kentucky and Barkley lakes.

The competition attracted about 20 fishing teams from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. The teams are using commercial nets to catch the fish that won't bite on baited hooks.

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