Common carp are extremely popular with anglers in many parts of Europe and among a small niche of anglers in the United States. Carp are also popular among spear and bow fisherman. The common carp can grow up to nearly 4 feet and weigh more than 80 pounds, although, most carp will range from 2 to 3 pounds in most ponds, lakes and rivers. Bigger fish in the 8 to 10 pound range are fairly common throughout the country and fish over 15 pounds are considered trophy fish.
If you like to fish, it’s hard to find a place to fish that doesn’t have carp. These fish seem to thrive in a variety of different lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams and ponds.
How to Catch Carp
Catching carp is fairly easy. These fish feed primarily on the bottom. You can catch them with corn, boilies, dough baits and nightcrawlers. Some anglers will fish for carp with jigs and flies. At times, carp will come up to the surface to feed, so it is possible to catch them on top, but most fishermen will target carp on the bottom.
Carp are thought highly of in Europe, but they definitely have not caught on in the U.S. Most fishermen in the United States think of carp as a trash fish and they wouldn’t even consider eating them. For those people that have actually tried eating carp, they usually agree that they don’t taste very good.
Carp Fishing Basics
- How the Weather Affects Carp Fishing
- Spawning Time
- How the Time of Day Affects Carp Fishing
- How the Time of Year Affects Carp Fishing
- Different Types of Water for Carp Fishing
We recommend using live baits or natural baits such as dough baits and boilies when fishing for carp, but it is not uncommon to hear of anglers catching carp on lures such as flies, jigs and some corn imitation baits.
Below are some of the popular fishing rigs for catching carp.
- Dough Baits
- Hot Dogs
- Salmon Eggs
- Stink Baits