The Carp-O-Rama Handbook

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Common Carp Cyprinus carpio Description: A heavy-bodied fish with a long dorsal fin, large, thick scales, two barbels (on either side of the upper jaw) and a stout, saw–toothed spine at the front of both dorsal and anal fins. Typically, color varies from brassy yellow or green, to golden brown, or even silvery. Individuals 12-25 inches in length and weighing up to 8-10 pounds are common, although they can grow much larger. e Nebraska state record for common carp is a 50 pound, 5 ounce fish taken by bowfishing in 2010. A genetic variation called the mirror carp differs only by having over-enlarged scales, a patchy, uneven scale pattern or no scales. Range: Found statewide, common carp are a native species of Asia that was transported to Europe and then the United States as a food resource and at one time was stocked widely by various state fish commissions. Common carp are omnivorous, consuming a variety of animal and plant material, and primarily feed on the bottom but will also suck in objects floating on the surface. eir aggressive feeding activities (uprooting plants and roiling bottom sediments) can make the water very muddy. Family: Cyprinidae (Minnow)

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