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Silver Carp threatens Pearl River

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

They defy gravity, and sometimes knock out boaters with their high flying antics, but silver carp can cause even bigger problems. 

Their arrival on the Pearl River were confirmed by wildlife officials this week after an angler snagged one just below the spillway dam.

"We know they are are in the oxbows up and down and along the Mississippi River and could have potential impacts to our natural fish population," said Larry Pugh, the Director of Fisheries for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. "So yes, were currently trying to figure out how to get rid of these fish."

The silver carp are know to eat all the food sources, starving out the native fish wherever they go. That could have a significant impact on the fish anglers are trying to target.

"It's going to be hard to fish with the carp," said Theodore London, who was fishing on the shores of the river. "I don't think white perch like carp."

Wildlife officials say they're now concerned that people who get their bait below the spillway could accidentally bring the silver carp into the reservoir waters.

"The silver carp are detrimental to the food chain for crappie and bass and that's our biggest attraction fishing wise," said Pearl River Valley Water Supply District General Manager John Sigman. "We want all the anglers to be careful when they bait fish."

Anglers we talked to say they make sure their bait is dead before they fish with it; a good practice, not to disturb the good fishing up stream.

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