Grass carp

The Grass carp, also known as white Amur, scientific name Ctenopharyngodon Idella, is a herbivorous fish classified as freshwater fish and the only species belonging to the genus Ctenopharyngodon.

They belong to the Cyprinidae family, and they usually weigh around 25kg. The largest Grass carp ever caught weighed 39.75kg. On average, they grow in lengths between 23.5-39.5 inches.

They are one of the most farmed species of fish around the world, and the average lifespan of a Grass carp is 5-9 years.


The Grass carp is easily distinguishable from all the other carp families and has a large rounded white belly with anal fins that do not have any spines. They have an elongated body with a color of dark olive and brownish-yellow shading on the sides.

The head of the Grass carp is broad with a firm and simple lip. They do not have barbells and have very short snouts.

Habitat and Lifestyle

They are initially from the Pacific Far East, but the Grass carp today is introduced worldwide. They are now cultivated and one of the most farmed fishes globally.

The Grass carp feed on any vegetation inside the water, so they primarily thrive on pools, ponds, and any backwaters of large rivers that have copious amounts of vegetation.

Finding and Catching

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

The Grass carp are found in freshwater streams, lakes, and fast-flowing rivers with temperatures around 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Patience is key when catching a Grass carp since they are easily frightened. A great technique to acquire a Grass carp would be ledgering.

Peak Season

Since the Grass carp prefer warmer waters, the months from March-May are peak season to catch them.

Best Bait

Here are some of the best baits to use

  • Sweet corn.
  • Cherry tomatoes.
  • Catfish food.
  • Freshly cut grass.