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updated: 7/11/2012 11:11 PM

Have you sampled Asian carp at Taste of Chicago?

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I am interested to hear from any reader who went to the Taste of Chicago and "pigged out" on Asian carp samples.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) teamed up with the John G. Shedd Aquarium to build an understanding of how a vibrant local market for Asian carp contributes to managing the population of this invasive species.

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Taste of Chicago guests were able to sample this fish free of charge near the Taste entrance at Congress Parkway, while at the same time learning about efforts to protect the Great Lakes. So if this critter is so tasty, then Illinois and the feds have wasted tons of money trying to eradicate this species. Why the sudden change in attitude?

Heat exhaustion?

Reports of a fish kill on the Fox River have reached my desk. In the past, some scientists have attributed excessive water temperatures and a lack of oxygen to such a demise.

• In the meantime, Lake Michigan salmon angling is very good. Kings and some coho are being taken at the 60- to 70-foot levels out of Chicago while similar conditions prevail out of Waukegan. The main difference is the fish to the north are a tad deeper.

• Fox Chain muskie action seems to be better at night, especially on Lake Catherine.

• Long Lake is a better bet for big bluegills and largemouth. East shoreline weeds appear to be a focal point.

• Mike Jackson can be reached via email at angler88@comcast.net. Mike's radio program is heard 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC, AM-1240.

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