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Fish in flight: Lawrence photography pros capture odd sight in park

In this submitted photo from Pete Haack, asian carp jump from a stream near the Clinton Lake outlet park.

In this submitted photo from Pete Haack, asian carp jump from a stream near the Clinton Lake outlet park.

September 1, 2010

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In this submitted photo from Pete Haack, asian carp jump from a stream near the Clinton Lake outlet park.

In this submitted photo from Pete Haack, asian carp jump from a stream near the Clinton Lake outlet park.

In this submitted photo from Pete Haack, asian carp jump from a stream near the Clinton Lake outlet park.

In this submitted photo from Pete Haack, asian carp jump from a stream near the Clinton Lake outlet park.

This is no fish story, it’s the real thing.

Last Friday morning Pete Haack and his wife, Emily, were out for a walk with their dogs Farley and Lucy at the Clinton Lake dog park.

The dogs led them to the Clinton Lake outlet park near the dam. There, they saw an interesting sight: hundreds of silver fish were jumping several feet out of the water at the base of the waterfall.

“Lucy jumped into the water to try to catch the fish, and she ended up going down the 4-foot waterfall,” Haack says. “In six years of going to the park, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

That morning, Pete had read a story in the Journal-World about these unusual fish known as Asian carp. The fish are generally about 10 inches long and can weigh between 10 and 60 pounds. While the jumping can be mysterious sight, the fish can pose a danger to boaters and fishermen, who could be targets for the fish.

Asian carp are also infesting Kansas waterways, crowding out native fish.

Pete and Emily Haack are professional photographers, operating belltowerphoto.com. So they returned to the dam on Saturday with a camera, a Canon 40D.

There again were the fish, putting on their jumping show.

“It was just bizarre,” Pete says.

Comments

SeaBee 3 years, 7 months ago

Note the prominent de-curved lateral line also.

Asian carp, either silver or bighead. No notable resemblence to gizzard shad other than the general body shape ("fishlike").

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catfishturkeyhunter 3 years, 7 months ago

Better believe that if I catch one I will dispatch it with extreme predjudice.

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jonas_opines 3 years, 7 months ago

I've got a great video of just a ton of these fish jumping around down there. There's at least 50 to 60 of them.

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bobberboy 3 years, 7 months ago

the chinese put them in there.

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steveeee 3 years, 7 months ago

these are def. asian carp you can tell by the placement of their eyes and their color. These are great pics, but they reproduce multiple times a year and in great numbers.. I've seen schools of 100 plus at the spillway. They are filter feeders and can eat up to 40 percent of their body weight daily. Leaving little food for our natural species. These fish pretty much suck.

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Alice-Ann Darrow 3 years, 7 months ago

Great photography! Hire that guy!

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lknight_81 3 years, 7 months ago

If you don't know what you are talking about, you shouldn't post stuff like this. These are NOT gizzard shad. They are the invasive asian carp; these are probably silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) but bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) are also in the Missouri River and are considered an invasive 'asian carp'. Some confusion has come about because some people think of grass carp as 'asian carp', which they are, but they are yet another species, (Ctenopharyngodon idella). This is probably what devobrun was referrring to. Grass carp are stocked into ponds to control the growth of aquatic vegetation. They are bred to be triploid and therefore (supposedly) sterile. The silver carp and bighead carp are reproduing and spreading like crazy. Still no need to panic, but at least please know what you are talking about. Thanks to the great photos it is very easy to see that these are NOT gizzard shad, very funny.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 7 months ago

Gizzard shad are not an invasive species; smaller ones form the basis of the crappie and walleye food chain. These large ones (about 12" maximum) are just trying to get into the lake to spawn. Settle down folks, no panic needed. Great photography.

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preebo 3 years, 7 months ago

How cute, another invasive species...

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 7 months ago

It may be a rare sight here, but its been going on all over America, according to National Geographic, for quite some time now, American lakes rivers and streams have been under siege of many invasive species... Asian carp, Zebra mussels, and even pythons and Boa constricters, just to name a few.

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blue73harley 3 years, 7 months ago

Cross breed these with some piranha and you would have a real horror story to tell.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 7 months ago

Methinks they are gizzard shad; asian carp are shaped differently. Wish I was back in Washington State and these were silver salmon.

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purplesage 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm with Aiko. I'd like to see a 60 pound, 10 inch fish! The Asian Blimp.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 7 months ago

By most accounts, asian carp are good eating, not unlike black cod. You just have to fillet the bones out of them. I'd try that like filleting northern pike, also great eating but very boney unless carved out properly. This takes a damn good high-carbon fillet knife, very sharp yet highly flexible. I wish everything were like walleye, which I could fillet out with a cheap steak knife!

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devobrun 3 years, 7 months ago

It looks too silvery to me. Isn't this a type of Shad? The Asian Carp (diploid) in my pond are way more greenish-yellow and don't have the big eyes.

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macon47 3 years, 7 months ago

the chinese already own us and what we have left, we are giving to the muslims the fish are our payback and we deserve it it will be great when your trophy wife has to wear a burqura you earned it, when you voted

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 7 months ago

What a wonderful, horrible sight. Wonderful = the beauty of the leaping creatures. Horrible = the likely effect on native species as these aggressive intruders horn in on their territory.

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Aiko 3 years, 7 months ago

"10 inches long and can weigh between 10 and 60 pounds" What?

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 7 months ago

I think riding in a boat with a shotgun would be fun.

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