Identification: 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 individuals in the 12-30 in. (1-20 lb.) size range are most common.
Distribution and Habitat: Native to Europe and Asia, the Common Carp was widely introduced in North America in the mid-1800’s. It occurs in a variety of habitats throughout Kentucky, but is most abundant in reservoirs and main channels of rivers.