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2019 North America Sportshows
Illinois Offering Black Carp Bounty Available to All Anglers

Submitted by:  TBC Press
Posted on: 07/11/19
News # 12672
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is encouraging all fishers in the region to report and turn in any specimens of invasive black carp that they capture.  

The IDNR offers a $100 bounty for each black carp harvested by commercial fishers and all sport anglers/bow-fishers.  

The bounty is available to captures within Illinois and also the surrounding region, based on the need for biological information, which may include the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.  

The fish are valuable to scientists in providing information that may assist in management of this fish in the future. 

Most recently, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has reported a black carp capture from the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana. 

If you suspect that you may have caught a black carp, please call one of the phone numbers below during regular business hours or report it to your state natural resources agency. Fish should be held cold on ice (not alive) until turned in.  Having cell phone photos from several angles that can be shared will assist in rapid identification. 

What to do if you capture a black carp
If you capture a black carp, you may be eligible for a $100 per carcass bounty. This bounty program is funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and administered by Southern Illinois University. The program has historically been available for fish captured in Illinois and adjoining states, and has provided many of the known black carp captures to date.

Check the identity of the fish using our Black and Grass - see or . Grass carp (see links), common carp, and blue sucker (native species, please release) are sometimes mistaken for black carp. If you believe it might be a black carp, keep the fish and make note of the location, preferably by taking a GPS point. Also note the type of fishing gear and bait you used, and if possible, habitat conditions such as bottom type, depth, water temperature, and flow.  

Kill the fish (live possession of black carp is illegal) and keep it cool on ice. Do not freeze the carcass unless necessary. 

Call a number listed here or contact your local natural resource agency to arrange for transport of the black carp. The natural resource agent might request photos of the carcass to aid in identification, and your contact information for follow-up. Please direct any questions about the bounty to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or Southern Illinois University.

  • US Geological Survey: (573) 876-1866 or (573) 355-0257
  • Illinois DNR: (217) 557-0719 or (618) 462-0362
  • Southern Illinois University: (618) 453-6089


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Illinois Offering Black Carp Bounty Available to All Anglers