Ella Lee Forest resident Kaid Nygren, a sophomore at St. Pius X High School, said he’s been a fisherman “ever since I was able to hold a fishing pole.”
Normally, he and his buddies like to look on Google Maps for nearby small ponds or lakes and fish almost every weekend or every other weekend.
But lately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nygren has wanted to stay close to home and has been fishing along White Oak Bayou about twice a week. Also, he now has more time to pursue his passion.
“Social isolation has given me the capability to fish during the week,” Nygren said.
So far, his catch-and-release haul has netted some catfish – and recently one a little bigger than his norm.
A piece of bread was the bait used to catch what Nygren estimates was a 7-pound carp.
While Nygren thought the fish might be a grass carp, John Findeisen, a fisheries biologist at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, identified it from a photo as a common carp.
“Common carp are abundant across the state,” Findeisen said. “The one in the picture is an adult.”
Findeisen said the state record for a carp is 43.75 pounds and measured 42 inches in length.
Fishermen may be interested in TPWD’s water body records database at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/programs/fishrecords/recordsearch.phtml.
“Just type in the water body name in the blank space under water body records,” Findeisen said.
As a side note, Findeisen said grass carp are used in some public waters to help with the management of nuisance species.
“If caught while angling in one of these water bodies, the grass carp must be immediately returned to the water unharmed,” he said.