Leisure Lake at sunset, June, 2004
The above paragraph was written in 1986, describing an event that took place at least a decade earlier. More recently, I had another encounter with carp, this time in a small lake just outside of Joliet, Illinois. While visiting relatives last month, Larry and I stayed briefly at a trailer park called Leisure Lake and one morning my mother and I were walking near the water. We noticed a rather large disturbance in the otherwise still lake and wondered what it could be. It appeared as if a huge fish were surfacing for a moment, splashing slightly and sending large ripples out in all directions. Then we saw another. As we stood on a small pier, we watched several similar episodes and began to realize what we were witnessing. Eventually, some of the fish performed within just a few feet of us so we were able to see exactly what was going on. The carp in the lake were spawning and each female was accompanied by at least a half dozen males following closely in her wake. The fish were so close together that each group appeared to move as one and the unimpressive two-foot long fish suddenly appeared much more substantial as their combined mass disturbed the water. We watched for a short time, but when we looked for similar activity later in the day, there was no more.