Ron Brooks

Ron Brooks, aquatic nuisance species program director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, speaks with reporters Wednesday afternoon during a media event at Smith Bay on Kentucky Lake. State and federal agencies are in the middle of conducting a new method to corral and collect the invasive Asian carp species from the lake.

Federal and state officials will use an experimental fishing method later this month at Kentucky Lake in an attempt to reduce the infestation of Asian carp.

The three-week joint effort by federal and state Fish And Wildlife officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority began Monday. If time and circumstance allows, the effort could shift to Lake Barkley.

Officials said public boating access to Smith and Pisgah bays will be impacted.

The fishing method is inspired by a traditional Chinese fishing technique. It involves setting a series of nets, underwater speakers and electrofishing gear to corral the carp.

The Asian carp infiltrated the Mississippi River in the 1970s after getting loose from fish farms and have spread in freshwater areas. They are considered an invasive species.