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Carp

Click on each fish species for more detailed information.

 
Grass Carp
 
  • A large fish with a wide head, robust body, and large, dark-edged scales
  • Color is dark olive above, becoming silvery or white on the sides and belly
  • Adults grow to about 4 ft. (100 lbs.)
Common Carp
 
  • A large, deep-bodied fish with two short barbels on each side of the mouth, large scales, and long dorsal fin
  • Color is olive to brassy on the back and sides with a pale yellow belly and orange tinted lower fins
  • Adults grow to about 4 ft. (80 lbs.), but fish in the 12-30 in. (1-20 lb.) size range are most common
Silver Carp
 
  • Referred to as Asian Carp
  • Distinguished from other fish by having the eye below the midline of the head
  • Differ from Bighead Carp by having a keel extending from the anus to the origin of the pectoral fins
  • Known for their jumping behavior
  • Adults grow up to 4 ft., weighing over 75 lbs., but adults more commonly range from 10-20 lbs.
Bighead Carp
 
  • Referred to as Asian Carp
  • Distinguished from other fish by having the eye below the midline of the head
  • Differ from Silver Carp by having a keel that ends between the pelvic fins
  • Adults grow to about 4 ft. (100 lbs.)