No Carping About Fishing Rules

Lady Bird Lake, common carp capital of the world?

With Texas Parks & Wildlife considering setting a one-fish-a-day limit on common carp 33 inches and longer on Lady Bird Lake, the rod fishing community seems to be giving the plan a thumbs up. David Moore, co-founder of the American Carp Society, was in Austin over Easter weekend: he's a keen fisherman, with a plan to catch a 30 pounder in every state of the Lower 48. ("I've knocked out six of them," he said.) Catch much?

"One little fifteen pounder," said Moore. But his real interest is in the rule change, which he doesn't just back, but would like to see go further, down to 24 inches. "You want to protect the big ones you have now," he said, especially since so much of the pleasure of carp fishing is re-catches. "There's several big fish I've caught more than once," he noted.

The TPWD plan is to get more interest in Lady Bird Lake carp as a trophy fish. The ACS backs this, since the lake has traditionally had a stock of big fish (including the 43-pound state record catch set by Al St. Cyr in 2006.) "Within the international carp community, it's getting pretty good reputation," said Moore. "There's been a few English teams, and a Danish guy a few months ago."

In fact, the only group that seems to be objecting are the bow-and-arrow fishers. In part that's because, Moore said, they kill the fish every time. (An arrow through the gills will do that.) "If you're gonna eat 'em that's one thing, but they don't," he said. "You can't really-and-catch and release with a bow and arrow."

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Texas Parks and Wildlife
Wildfire News Update
Wildfire News Update
Latest info from county, state and school districts UPDATED

Richard Whittaker, Sept. 6, 2011

Legislators on the Loose
Legislators on the Loose
Lawmakers busy in slow rule-making week

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 26, 2009

More Environment
Mixing Up Your Environmentalism
Mixing Up Your Environmentalism
Plateaued on your earth-friendly efforts? Here are a few ideas to help.

Bonny Chu, Nov. 30, 2018

SXSW Eco 2015: <i>Racing Extinction</i>
SXSW Eco 2015: Racing Extinction
Mass extinction is coming, and we're to blame

Richard Whittaker, Oct. 7, 2015

More by Richard Whittaker
New Road Trip Drama Travels into <i>No Man's Land</i>
New Road Trip Drama Travels into No Man's Land
The filmmaking Allyn brothers see Mexico through a new lens

Jan. 22, 2021

Austin-made <i>Walker</i> Debuts Tonight
Austin-made Walker Debuts Tonight
Tune in to the CW as Jared Padalecki steps in Chuck Norris' boots

Jan. 21, 2021


Texas Parks and Wildlife, Environment, Common Carp, Lady Bird Lake, American Carp Society

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle