[This is my first post here] I was fishing for Carp next to the Zillwakee Bridge in Saginaw, Michigan; the Carp were swimming and bubbling around in the shallows as usual for their annual spawn, and I casting out trying to catch one, and I saw it. One of them damned Asian Carp swimming along the bank. It was about 2 feet long, maybe bigger and brown but that was probably because of the river, as the river water is always a thick, sickly brown color, but it had the nasty looking eyes.
This is a definate cause for concern, mostly because of all the effort that has been put into to prevent them from reaching The Great Lakes.
From what I've heard and read on the www.michigan.gov/dnr
website, they will ruin the vegetation for other fish if they are allowed to thrive, and can grow to unbelievable size. Not to mention they effections on the shipments to and from Michigan. As if the Saginaw River didn't already have enough problems, what with the dioxins (Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins) in the river, Golby's, Zebra and Quagga mussels, and the rapidly receding water line.
I don't have a picture, but the next time I go fishing anywhere along any river, I'm going to bring a camera and try for a good photo.