Can I legally catch invasive carp in Michigan?

Bighead, silver and black carp are not known to be in the Great Lakes or Michigan waters. Grass carp have been found in low numbers in all the Great Lakes, except Lake Superior, since the early 1980s (they are most often found in Lake Erie).

Bighead, silver, grass and black carp are all prohibited species in Michigan. This means that it is unlawful to possess, introduce, import, sell or offer these species for sale as live organisms, except under certain circumstances.

However, if you happen to catch a fish you believe to be an invasive carp, do not release it. Report it as soon as possible by contacting Seth Herbst, DNR Fisheries Division, herbsts1@michigan.gov 517-284-5841. Invasive carp can also be reported using the Invasive Carp reporting form.