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When do carp spawn? (The short answer)

When do carp spawn? (The short answer)

The short answer is: when the water temps are somewhere between 62 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit...give or take. But that is not the only factor...
Targeting Grass Carp

Targeting Grass Carp

Some love them and others…well, they love them a lot less. Whatever your thoughts of grass carp are, there is no denying that they achieve some very impressive proportions and can be found over much of the United States. They have been stocked in many waters for weed control and even small ponds can have...
Asian Carp  - Know the difference!

Asian Carp – Know the difference!

Asian carp  – Is it all in the name? The discovery of ‘Two dreaded Asian carp’ found in a Toronto water way recently sparked another wave of panic and media sensationalism. While the fish were correctly identified as Ctenopharyngodon idella or more commonly known as Grass Carp the article then made comparisons with Hypophthalmichthys molitrix...
Could probiotics help carp?

Could probiotics help carp?

From a "health" stand point, the studies done on incorporating bacteria into carp food have been generally found boosted food conversion (how well much of the food turns into fish), promoted faster growth, and in some cases helped to support the immune response.
Carp Food

Carp Food

Unlike in trout fish, carp fishing rarely relies on matching the hatch yet it’s not often that a carp finds a boilie or pile of sweet corn if someone has not put it there, so the majority of food a carp eats are actually things that are living there already. With this in mind, it...
How the Thermocline Impacts Your Fishing in the Summer

How the Thermocline Impacts Your Fishing in the Summer

The thermocline is an layer in the water column where the temperature rapidly changes. This occurs during the warmer months when the surface of the water heats the the area below does not. These drastically different temperatures cause the water to no longer mix with the result that the colder, deeper, water can become oxygen...
Carp in Space and Time

Carp in Space and Time

As carp anglers, we are always looking for that little bit of extra knowledge that will get us more fish on the bank. Tons of effort has been spent on making a better bait or rig, and lots of excellent information is available on choosing the best spot to cast your baited hook. This is...
Betaine: how much is too much?

Betaine: how much is too much?

Betaine (BEET-uh-een) is a feeding stimulant for a number of fish species, including common carp, and less fortunately, channel catfish. Studies have shown that Betaine hydrochloride (HCL) is better at stimulating a feeding response than pure Betaine and has been tested to determine the optimum concentration in a paste type food. The results of some...
What Makes a Big Carp Water?

What Makes a Big Carp Water?

In the parts of the world where carp are less than popular with the general public, it can be very hard to tell if a body of water will hold large carp before actually fishing in it and finding out (and possibly wasting your time). The factors that allow a lake or river to contain...
Carp feeding in the spring—the ecology of zig rigs

Carp feeding in the spring—the ecology of zig rigs

Zig rigs are a popular type of rig, especially in the spring. Most articles and anglers generally attribute their success to carp sunning themselves near the surface in the newly warmed water. While carp may indeed be higher in the water column to raise their body temperatures, another reason is every bit as likely to...