Join Date: May 2009
Location: Farmingdale, NY
Large Natural Pond With Possible Carp Issue
I have land in upstate new york with a very large pond. the idea was to make it as natural as possible, which turned out to be very successful. there are sunnies, largemouth bass, snapping turtles, box turtles, frogs, muskrats, salamanders, loads of plants, and unfortunately carp. i'm assuming they are silver carp because that's the color of their body. i know that it is very easy for them to overpopulate a pond in a short amount of time, so i'm wondering if all the natural predators in the pond will actually be able to control the carp population. if i had to guess, the pond is about 50 feet in length, 20 feet deep (only on one side), and 20-30 feet across. the pond can hold a lot of fish and there are at least 20 bass that are around 12 inches long.
all i'm basically asking for is what are the chances of silver carp overpopulating a pond that holds largemouth bass and other predators? also, the pond has been around for about 20 years so we're not exactly sure when the carp first showed up.