DNR treats Appleton pond to get rid of invasive species

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY)- The pond in Appleton's Memorial Park is being restored with hopes of getting anglers back to urban fishing.

After an invasion of carp severely damage the pond's habitat, the DNR made the decision to kill off the invasive species.

According to DNR Fisheries Biologist, Adam Nickel, "What carp do, is they tear up the vegetation and cause turbidity and that doesn't really help out the desirable fish like panfish and game fish, like blue gills and bass basically."

The DNR teamed up with the City of Appleton to get rid of the problematic fish and start fresh on rebuilding the pond's habitat. Designated as an urban fishing pond, meaning it has special rules for youth and disabled anglers, the DNR is using Rotenone, a natural substance from the roots of tropical plants, to kill off the fish in the pond.

"Basically we're applying the Rotenone to kill off the carp, it will kill off other fish as well, but we're working to basically reset the table here at pond," says Nickel.

Once the ice melts in spring, the DNR will stock the pond with trout, bass and other game fish.

Nickel says, "It does take a little time, but the trout fishing will be, that will be an opportunity right away for kids to come out and have some fun. The bass and panfish might take a few years, but typically they come back pretty quickly."

and since urban ponds like the one in Appleton are rare, the DNR wants to make sure it's accessible and enjoyable for all.

"It's not about the size of the fish here. They're not really, it doesn't have to be an eight or ten inch bluegill, they just want to catch fish. This is right in the heart of Appleton, so it gives us a really good opportunity to get some youth fishing out here," adds Nickel.