Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Iowa Channel Catfish and a common carp.
The fish up top is a tiny, tiny channel catfish. I caught about 5 of those and they were set free. Channel Catfish are known for their slimy texture, delicious taste, and ability to stab you with their fins. This is why I don't touch fish, unseen dangers like tiny spear barbs on their fins or poison! The fish on the bottom is an introduced species called the Common Carp. They are gross and are related to the goldfish you kept in a bowl when you were a kid. They are not as evil as the bighead carp, silver carp, or black carp that are currently destroying the ecosystem of the Des Moines river.
EDIT (may 29th): the common carp is not invasive to iowa.