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#11875119 - 10/11/16 10:24 AM Are grass carp ilegal to have in Texas?
Jamaica Offline
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Registered: 03/01/16
Posts: 155
Loc: Shiner,Tx
I need something to kill our grass in our pond. Any suggestions?

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#11875570 - 10/11/16 02:33 PM Re: Are grass carp ilegal to have in Texas? [Re: Jamaica]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 45539
Loc: Houston, TX
No they're not illegal, but require a permit issued by TPWD. They must be triploid grass carp which are sterile.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/didyouknow/inland/grasscarp.phtml
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#11876457 - 10/12/16 06:25 AM Re: Are grass carp ilegal to have in Texas? [Re: Jamaica]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Registered: 04/13/05
Posts: 588
Loc: Hurst and Bowie, Texas
Note the part about containment. PITA

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#11877238 - 10/12/16 12:49 PM Re: Are grass carp ilegal to have in Texas? [Re: Jamaica]
blooper961 Offline
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Registered: 12/04/09
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Non sterile carp would take over your pond.

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#11877829 - 10/12/16 07:02 PM Re: Are grass carp ilegal to have in Texas? [Re: Jamaica]
Meadowlark Offline
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Registered: 11/04/04
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Loc: East Texas
Like fouzman suggested, they are legal.

However, to avoid disappointment, be sure to identify the weed(s) you are targeting to control and confirm that grass carp will eat them...contrary to popular belief, they won't eat everything.

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#11881557 - 10/15/16 06:20 AM Re: Are grass carp ilegal to have in Texas? [Re: blooper961]
Fishbreeder Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 1385
Loc: Brazoria County, Texas
Originally Posted By: blooper961
Non sterile carp would take over your pond.


Grass carp, if not triploids (three sets of chromosomes instead of just two) still will not spawn in a lake or pond. They require about 150 miles of flowing river without interruptions like dams or weirs to successfully spawn and recruit young.

So sterile or not, you have in a pond the number of grass carp you put in less any losses to predation or mortality.

Now, put in too many grass carp in the wrong kind of pond (shallow, mud bottom, wind blown) and they will turn your clear, weedy pond into a weedless mud hole.


This much I have learned....you CAN fish for bass successfully in a clear, weedy pond. You CANNOT do so in a mud hole. Be careful how many grass carp you use. Control is the idea, not eradication.


Plus, Meadowlark is right one, grass carp eat some weeds much better than others and will starve before eating some things.

Good for carp, Hydrilla, Brazilian Elodea, Sago pondweed, Southern Naiad

Carp will hardly eat, Coontail (both kinds), Eurasian Milfoil, algae, Chara, most emergents


Edited by Fishbreeder (10/15/16 06:25 AM)
Edit Reason: left out stuff
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