Photos: Common carp are being removed from Minn. lakes by the truckload


A Carp Solutions employee throws a common carp from a boat.
1 A Carp Solutions employee throws a common carp from a boat into the back of a pickup truck on the shore of Lake Steiger in Victoria, Minn., on Friday. Each fish weighs 8 to 10 pounds, sometimes more. 
Common carp sit in the back of a pickup truck.
2 Common carp sit in the back of a pickup truck after being removed from Steiger Lake. Of course, the fish weren't always this despised. Some European immigrants who settled in Minnesota in the 19th century loved eating carp. The fish arrived to Minnesota on trains and were introduced into lakes. Now, more than 100 years later, watershed managers are trying to reverse that mistake. 
Dead and dying carp sit in the back of a pickup truck.
3 The fish are euthanized using clove oil, according to Carp Solutions GM Jordan Wein, "We go home to our significant others smelling real bad, so we have very patient significant others," he said. 
Carp Solutions employees pull in a net with dozens of common carp
4 Carp Solutions employees pull in a net with dozens of common carp from Lake Steiger. This project starts at the headwaters of Lake Minnetonka where adult carp are removed from the nets. A half-million dollar Legacy Amendment grant is paying for the project. That's the fund voters created in 2008 to send some of their sales tax dollars to conservation and arts projects. 
Poles holding up nets rise above the water of Steiger Lake.
5 Poles holding up nets rise above the water of Steiger Lake. Common carp are lured into the area with cracked corn, then workers drop the nets and pull the carp into a boat. 
A Carp Solutions employees picks up a common carp from the shore.
6 A Carp Solutions employee picks up a common carp from the shore. Eric Fieldseth of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District says the project involves several strategies and will take 10 years. To limit carp hatches, Fieldseth says they'll aerate shallow lakes in the winter to boost the bluegill population. 
Carp Solutions employees sort common carp.
7 Carp Solutions employees take common carp from the floor of the boat and put them in bins before taking them to shore. The fish are brought to the Wildlife Science Center in Wyoming, Minn., where they will be turned into wolf food. "They're the best-fed wolves in the state, I'm sure," Wein said. 
Carp Solutions general manager Jordan Wein talks to reporters.
8 Carp Solutions general manager Jordan Wein talks to reporters. The company began as a University of Minnesota startup in 2015 and is working on behalf of the Minnehaha Watershed District in the west Metro. 
Tubs of common carp sit in a boat
9 Tubs of common carp sit in a boat before being tossed into the back of a truck on the shore. 
Carp Solutions workers use a safety helmet to rinse a common carp.
10 Carp Solutions workers use a safety helmet to rinse a common carp pulled from Steiger Lake. A local man came to take some carp home to make gefilte fish. "You filet it, you grind, you add all kind of stuff ... If I'm going to take 10 of them, it's a lot of work. I'm just going to grind it, make it into a meat loaf, or fish loaf ... it tastes really good actually," he said. 
Eric Fieldseth of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
11 Eric Fieldseth of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District drives a boat on Steiger Lake. "We want to address carp spawning," he said.