Mirror Carp on Beaver Island

Most people would think that big old Lake Michigan changes at a glacial pace but I’m continually impressed at how the opposite is true. In the past decade we’ve watched the waters become crystal clear as a result of countless filtering invasive zebra mussels. A few years ago invasive gobies moved into every nook and cranny, shifting our carps diet to larger prey, thus making our standard fly go from an inch to three, four and even five inches. Though this summer the gobies seem to be on the decline with only a few smaller ones here and there, possibly in correlation to less gobies our carp are again love’n everything crawfish.

I’ve always caught mirror carp in Traverse City but we’ve never caught one up at Beaver. This year we’ve seen several and have caught one already. Why? Where did they come from?

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