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I have never fished this lake for carp but I have heard they have a lot of carp from other local anglers. Brid told me if you thin out the carp numbers the remaining carp have a chance to grow up to be huge. I may have to go fish this lake in a few years to see if I can find any big ones.

Jeff

WATSONVILLE -- Pinto Lake's carp better watch out: The city has put a price on their heads.

The bottom feeders have been found guilty of contributing to the long-standing problem of toxic algae blooms in the lake on the rural outskirts of Watsonville. By offering a 25-cents-per-pound bounty, the city hopes to reduce their numbers.

Robert Ketley, the city's water quality specialist, said studies have found carp play a significant role in releasing algae-fueling phosphorous into lakes.

"They suck mud up, suck out the insect larvae and spit out the phosphorous with the sediment," he said. "It's an incredibly effective way to get phosphorous out of the sediment and into the water column."

Nitrogen- and phosphorous-laden sediments, deposited in the lake 50 to 100 years ago, are the main culprits in providing nutrients for algae growth, according to a 2012 study.

Typically, the first hints of algae growth don't appear until May, but this year, thanks to the warm, dry winter, researchers spotted the signs in February.

The California Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed annual trout stocking at the lake until local officials can prove the algae isn't going to make the fish dangerous to consume. Ketley said he planned to take samples to a UC Santa Cruz lab Tuesday and expects results in the next few weeks.

Officials advise against eating carp and other resident fish, but Ketley said he believes since the stocked trout are

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quickly caught and so don't spend much time in the lake, there shouldn't be a problem with them. He said he hopes the lake can be stocked in time for an annual fishing derby in May.

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And how did the phosphorus and nitrogen get I to the lake? Humans. Those are two main ingredients in synthetic fertilizers used in lawns, gardens, and farming.

Where is the talk about cleaning up the pollutants we dumped into the lake? All the carp are doing is pointing it out...

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If they succeed in drastically reducing the carp population in the lake the algae problem will get worse. This happened on Lake Susan in Minnesota http://www.startribune.com/local/west/55219002.html?refer=y and is happening here in the harbour I fish

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Wheres this at? I'm going to get rich! well richer!!! $5.00 for every 20lber why this is better than the Municiple Bonds and Stocks are paying me!

Ok just joking folks, sad people blame everything on things/something thats not the problem. Sad! Just Sad! :(

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That is great info - I will pass it on to the lake.

Jeff

If they succeed in drastically reducing the carp population in the lake the algae problem will get worse. This happened on Lake Susan in Minnesota http://www.startribune.com/local/west/55219002.html?refer=y and is happening here in the harbour I fish

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Phosphorus will resettle back into the sediment quickly, saying that carp cause these algal blooms is plain ignorant. Actual research has shown that nitrogen plays a much bigger part in eutrophication of lakes and rivers anyways....

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Watsonville CA is agriculture-central so I'm guessing that the run-off of fertilisers into this water has been "off-the-scale" for generations. I sincerely hope nobody decides to eat those bounty fish!

Iain

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Ag land use is among the excess nutrient sources documented for this lake. They need more carp, not less in this particular instance, if they want to reduce the algae problem. Bottom feeding carp, while re suspending the nutrients in the water column feeding algae also re-suspend sediments which block sunlight needed for algae photosynthesis. You can have a poison green lake dropping oxygen and killing everything including carp and fostering toxic algae or a slightly less aesthetic and muddy/turbid/off color but usable lake. I don't know the exact formula used but that's what fisheries biologists do in Maryland (and what they did w/a couple ponds in my system park ponds) with nutrient-intensive farm and ag ponds since grass carp are banned (for algae control). Stock a carefully balanced mix of common carp for turbidity and algae control plus predators for carp control. Albeit a cat-that-caught-the-mouse-that-ate-the-cheese solution but in the end, situations like this, land use is the problem with the need for an integrated, broader ranging solution. While carp feeding re-suspends the problem nutrients leading to the algae blooms, carp are not what lead to the nutrient overload so these folks have a multi tiered problem and no silver bullet for a solution.

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This lake is smack bang in the middle of heavily farmed land, from strawberries to vegetables etc. Some years ago, I liaised with Mr Robert Ketley with a view to trying to popularize Carp fishing on the water, and it was only 'red tape' with insuirance liability that prevented us from doing a multi day session - with video of the whole thing. During that time, we discussed the turbidity situation in depth, and Rob was in process of obtaining sediment samples for analysis. The truth of the matter is that, until a few years ago, run off from irrigation/rainfall in the growing fields was chronic and there were new by-laws implemented to try and get the growers to 'clean their acts up'. As has been pointed out, the Carp are only basically pointing this chronic problem out.

Sadly - the by laws should have been implemented many years before they were, then they wouldn't be "shutting the stable door after the horse has been gone for years" and using the poor old Carp as a 'scapegoat' for their shortcomings -- ONCE AGAIN!!

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