16 – 31+ Inches in length
4.4 – 110 lbs Pounds
Wild Lifespan: 20 Years
HABITAT & RANGE
Native to Eastern Asia
Invasive to the Mississippi River and rivers and lakes within the Mississippi rivershed
This invasive carp significantly lowers water quality, which kills off sensitive organisms like native freshwater mussels. They have been known to dominate entire streams
effectively pushing out the native species that can't keep up.
Asian carp (especially silver carp) are capable of jumping over some barriers, including low dams. High water often creates an "open river" condition as Mississippi River dams open their gates, which may allow invasive carps to move past what is otherwise a barrier.