Man catches more than 20,000 pounds of carp in Middle Tenn. lake

More than 20,000 pounds of carp caught in Kentucky Lake
More than 20,000 pounds of carp caught in Kentucky Lake(Neil Matlock/TWRA)
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 10:07 PM EST
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Tenn. (WVLT) - One man caught more than 20,000 pounds of carp in a Middle Tennessee lake, according to his post on Facebook.

”No, that’s not a normal thing for me. On a bad day, I’ll catch two or three thousand, on an average day between five or seven or eight thousand, and then a really good day normally is like ten,” said fisherman Neil Matlock.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency shared the post by Matlock saying, “#waroncarp Good haul, Neil Matlock!”

”We know that the numbers are there, it’s just rare to have that many in such a small area,” Matlock told WVLT.

Matlock caught the fish in Kentucky Lake.

Asian Carp is an invasive species of fish that TWRA uses many methods to remove from bodies of water across the state. However, they’re not yet known to be established in East Tennessee.

”Am I making a living catching carp? Yes. Do I want to be making a living catching carp? No,” said Matlock.

Anyone who catches a carp in East Tennessee is asked to save the fish by putting it on ice and contact TWRA immediately or take a photo of the fish and email it to

Matlock reported catching a total of 24,626 pounds of carp on January 14.

”It’s a local problem that’s going to become a state-wide problem if we’re not doing something about them,” Matlock said.

#waroncarp Good haul Neil Matlock!

Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Monday, January 18, 2021

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