Silver carp reported in East Tennessee

File photo: Asian Carp / Source: (TWRA)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says it has received a report of invasive silver carp spotted on Chickamauga Lake.

According to a news release from the agency, an angler said a silver carp jumped into his boat as he deployed the trolling motor. Another 15-20 fish were visible near the surface of the water.

Silver carp are one of several species of invasive Asian carp that are a concern for wildlife officials. TWRA says the fish in Chickamauga Lake were spotted in October but only reported to the agency on Friday.

Officials are asking the public to report future sightings.

TWRA said anyone who catches a carp 9 inches or less should put it on ice or freeze it immediately. Alternatively, anyone who is unable to keep a fish can submit photos.

Contact TWRA by phone at 731-423-5725 or toll-free at 1-800-372-3928, by fax at 731-423-6483, or by email at ans.twra@tn.gov.

Read more about why TWRA is concerned about Asian Carp here.

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1/13/2020 6:22:00 AM (GMT -5:00)