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Posted on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 12:26 p.m.

Now on Twitter: 20-pound carp fished out of Ann Arbor's West Park pond

By Amy Biolchini

A 20-pound common carp workers removed from a pond Friday in Ann Arbor's West Park has joined the esteemed company of the North Campus Cougar and the Dexter Bear.


From the Twitter profile of @TwentyPoundCarp

The fish, which is now swimming in the Huron River, has its own Twitter account: @TwentyPoundCarp.

The profile surfaced over the weekend after an story detailed how the city’s Natural Area Preservation program workers removed the carp from the pond at the park.

NAP program workers speculated that the only way the 20-inch-long carp got into the West Park pond is if someone had put it there.

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The carp was destroying vegetation in the pond, which was built in 2010. The pond is a part of a greater stormwater management system built by the city of Ann Arbor, and is intended to filter out pollution in a constructed wetland setting.

Workers released the carp into the Huron River Friday because they believed that’s where it came from in the first place, though the Michigan Department of Natural Resources had advised them to destroy it because a permit is needed to transfer a fish from one public body of water to another.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Thu, Jan 3, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

How could they miss the piranhas?


Wed, Nov 14, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

"One big Fishy in an Itty-Bitty Pool......."


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 12:41 p.m.

Nap said someone must have put it there. I had a pond with no inlet or outlet that was only there in a wet year and fish showed up in it. I always suspected that ducks must have carried fertilized eggs into the pond where they hatched.When it would dry up there were small fish laying there in the mud. And they were wrong to transplant the fish in another place.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

Fire and prosecute those ducks *immediately*.

Fred Pettit

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:48 a.m.

Really? This invasive species has its own twitter account.....Get a life....Do your job and don't break the law.

Homeland Conspiracy

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 6:47 p.m.

And what does "Get a life" really mean?

Fred Pettit

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:45 a.m.

Only in Ann Arbor could this be tolerated and the carp have a Twitter account. Would employees of the Forestry Department knowingly plant buckthorn and other invasive species in our parks? I don't think so. Why are these employees of the city's NAP program still employed by the city? As someone who is concerned with the health and future of the Huron River as well as a taxpayer and voter, I am outraged by this outrageous disregard for the law. They were told by the DNR to destroy the fish....what did they do and why did they do it? How many ways can you say illegal. This is outrageous, these employees and their supervisor should be fired IMMEDIATELY AND the DNR should prosecute them like any other DNR violator. They should be sentenced to hundreds of hours of community service that will benefit the Huron and those of us that respect and enjoy it.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:06 p.m.

Now that's what I call carping.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 4:04 a.m.

Call the DNR hotline. 1-800-292-7800


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 1 a.m.

Why do you continue to report that this fish was 20 pounds? Other fisherman commented in the previous article to that effect. 1. The picture does not show a 20 pound fish. 2. A 20" carp does not weigh 20 pounds. 6-8 pounds at most. This is what a 20 pound carp looks like


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

Fantastic picture. Scary, even.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 1:01 a.m.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 12:56 a.m.

1. Must be a slow news day. 2. Not really funny to make light of the fact that a city employee knowingly broke the law. 3. Transferring fish from one body of water to another is illegal for many reasons. We have a major problem in this state with VHS (viral hemorrhagic septicemia). The DNR and other agencies have been working hard for years to prevent the spread of this disease.


Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 10:04 p.m.

Nice, going against the commands of the DNA. They should have put the carp in the Heiftge Pond in front of the City Hall.


Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 10:42 p.m.

a/k/a "Lake Hurinal" Only in Ann Arbor does a carp get taken into the fish protection program.

Angry Moderate

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 7:29 p.m.

Slow news day?


Wed, Nov 14, 2012 : 7:03 p.m.

Ah, quit yer carping.......

Paula Gardner

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 7:37 p.m.

You just miss the cougar stories, I'll bet.


Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 6:12 p.m.

You insist on calling the actual animal a 20 pound carp, even though many people in the original article point out that is impossible... The Twitter account can be whatever it wants, but you journalists should at least try to be accurate.


Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 8:15 p.m.

A 20 INCH carp would weight maybe 6-8 pounds. Maybe you should have gotten it in writing?


Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

If some one thinks a 20lb carp is impossible they know nothing about carp.I was fishing with a friend on Bellville lake and we had one pulling the boat.Now that was a 14 footer with a 80hp engine.( I swear this not a fishing story lie )

Ron Granger

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 6:55 p.m.

That was probably the wet weight.

Amy Biolchini

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

When I asked the NAP program staff to describe the length and weight of the carp they removed from the West Park pond, they told me it was about 20 inches long and weighed about 20 pounds.

Kyle Mattson

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

We haven't heard of any cougar spottings lately, but based on Twitter there are plenty of them calling Ann Arbor home: Now the question is, which creature will be next to make a headline? I'll place my bets on an alligator.

John of Saline

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 8:39 p.m.

A troop of baboons pouncing on the food of all the restaurants with outdoor tables on Main Street. (We'll have to wait for spring for that.)

Cole Bertsos

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 6:14 p.m.

I don't know, Mattson — I'm going to go with an elephant.

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

Carp! Who's the 20 pound Carp That's a sex machine to all the fish? (Carp!) You're damn right Who is the Carp That would risk his neck for his brother carp? (Carp!) Can ya dig it? Who's the Carp that won't cop out When there's danger all about (Carp!) Right on You see this 20 pound carp is a bad mother-- (Shut your mouth) But I'm talkin' about Carp (Then we can dig it) He's a complicated Carp But no one understands him but his woman (20 pound Carp)


Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 3:17 p.m.

homeland, loved your rendition!!!