PIERRE, S.D. – Carp are revered as sport fish in Europe, but in the United States they are viewed as a nuisance. However, carp can grow to large sizes and provide a great opportunity for anglers and bow fishermen.
Bryan Dykstra, a bow fisherman from Huron, arrowed the new state record common carp (Cyprinus Carpio) on Lake Poinsett May 8. Since the fish was taken with a bow and arrow, it will qualify under the “unrestricted” state record category. Dykstra’s fish weighed 42 pounds, 4 ounces, was 38 inches long, and had a girth of 31 inches. It breaks the previous record of 37 pounds, 7 ounces.
For a fish to qualify as a state record, the angler must get the fish weighed on a certified scale, have the species verified by a fisheries biologist or ichthyologist, and fill out a form that can be found at: http://www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/fishing/StateRecordFishForm.pdf.
For a complete list of state fishing records, visit www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/fishing/Info/StateRecords.htm.