Beware the Giant Carp



Oh, the giant Asian carp will take over your canoe. Don't think it wont
  • Oh, the giant Asian carp will take over your canoe. Don't think it won't

The dreaded Asian carp has found it's way into the Great Lakes. The 3-foot-long, 20-pound behemoth of a fish was found in Lake Calumet in Chicago, extremely close to Lake Michigan.

Apparently, this conniving fish made it past the electric barriers that had been constructed to keep it from ever entering the Great Lakes, simply brushing off the electricity that was coursing through its body. Officials say they will use "electrofishing and netting" to remove any Asian carp from the lake.

The Asian carp is known as an "invasive species," or a species that enters an environment and immediately interrupts or adversely changes the habitat they have entered. Officials say that if the Asian carp enters our Great Lakes, that it could "starve out" sport fish like salmon. Oh, and the carp can also swell to 100 pounds and 4 feet long. Better bring a harpoon if you are thinking about swimming in Lake Erie with these bad boys around!

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.