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Local bowfishers work to reduce invasive species in Lake Springfield

Local bowfishers work to reduce invasive species in Lake Springfield

An invasive species of fish, common carp, affects large bodies of water throughout Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. One of those bodies of water that carp live in is Lake Springfield.

Carp stir up the sediment in the bottom of the lake. This causes the water to become muggy, which can make it hard for predator fish to see, so they aren’t able to hunt.

“They are really bad for the environment,” said Michael Faller, with the Bowfishing Association of Illinois.

Carp also tear up the lake’s natural environment, ripping up plants at the bottom of the lake.

Environmental experts say the more carp there are in the lake, the worse it is for the environment.

Now local bowfishers are working to reduce the amount of common carp in Lake Springfield.

“For every one that you take out, that’s a generation that you’ve taken out of the lake,” said Faller.

Michael Faller has been bowfishing for four years. He has caught hundreds of common carp in Lake Springfield. Faller said bowfishing can actually be a benefit to the environment and he hopes other bowfishers also work to catch carp.

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