TPWD: Grass Carp harvesting legal in Lake Austin

AUSTIN - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced it has revoked the Tripold Grass Carp Permit for Lake Austin, opening up fishing on the plant-eating fish.

TPWD said any angler who catches a grass carp in the lake “may now legally retain the fish, provided it has been gutted or has had the head removed.” It added there is no length or bag limit for grass carp. The department said the decision was made jointly with the City of Austin, Lower Colorado River Authority, Friends of Lake Austin and Texas Tournament Zone Austin Carp Anglers.

Grass carp were introduced into Lake Austin from 2003 to 2013 to control hydrilla. TPWD said the carp have brought the hydrilla under control and are now eating other aquatic plants in the lake.

Those with questions can contact TPWD at 512-353-0072. Go here for more information about fishing in Texas from TPWD.

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