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Report bighead, silver, grass and black carp that you see or catch in Ohio. These four species are considered invasive and can cause damage to our waters and fisheries. Do not return live fish to the water and do not transport these fish across state lines.
Bighead and silver carp are spreading to lakes, rivers and streams in the Ohio River and Lake Erie watersheds, but are not yet established in Lake Erie. They are well-suited to the climate of the Great Lakes region, which is similar to that in their native region in Asia, and these carp particularly favor large rivers and connecting lakes.
Biologists expect that Asian carp would disrupt the food chain that supports the native fish of the Lake Erie, such as walleye and yellow perch. Due to their large size and rapid rate of reproduction, bighead and silver carp pose a significant threat to Ohio’s aquatic ecosystems.
Learn more about Asian carp in Ohio or see photos of Asian carp to aid in identification. This information has been adapted from the Michigan Deparment of Natural Resources.
Please report all Asian carp sightings using the form below.