Carpe diem- Seize the fish!

July 29, 2008 6:12:55 AM PDT
An increase in carp is causing a smelly problem for some residents of Clear Lake, Iowa.

This year's wet weather has caused more water to flow from the lake into Clear Creek, and that has pushed more carp into the stream.

The carp are so plentiful that people are using spears and even their bare hands to catch them.

That's legal, but often the fish are then being left on the shore to rot.

That's littering, and it's not legal.

The stench has become annoying to more responsible anglers and residents.

One long-time resident says, "You can hardly walk around there because of the smell."