Common carp

The common carp, or in Greek and Latin Cyprinus and Caprio, respectively, is a heavy-bodied fish. It has barbels adorning both sides of its upper jaw and can grow as large as 25 inches and weigh 8-10 pounds.

The first time it was recorded was in France, and now it runs in North America?s large water bodies that have a slow flow and soft sediments at the bottom.

It is one of the largest minnow fish and a close cousin to the goldfish and the common carps? life span can range up to 47 years.


Most commonly, the carp has a brass green or yellow shade on its body, but it can also, be golden brown or even silver in color. The underbelly is usually seen having light colors like yellow-white.

They have protractile mouths and forked tails. They maintain large scales, a dorsal fin on their back that contain 17-21 rays, and an anal fin. Both fins have very heavy-toothed spinal structures.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Common Carp live within the central and low rivers and streams found in areas that are confined and inundated. They can be found in European or Asian lakes, water reservoirs, and shallow streams.

They are commonly distributed in the North American continent within undercuts, dams, freshwaters, etc. of Florida and other areas.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

Carp is common to find in any water body, so finding a carp is not a hard task. They are, however, shy feeders, so if they detect any slight movements in the fishing line, there may be no chance of catching one.

A good idea to avoid this is to use rod pods, where the fishing rod can be placed on the holder so they are kept still while anglers wait for the catch. Some other methods of catching common carp are fly and still fishing.

Peak Season

Common carp can be found throughout the year, but the fish peaks during January-March and July-August.

Best Bait

Some of the best items to use as bait for catching Common Carp include:

  • Dog/Cat food
  • Shrimps
  • Fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Maggots
  • Mussels
  • Worms
  • Bread
  • Flies