Family: Cyprinidae

Common Family: The Minnow Family

Common Name: Carp

Scientific Name: Cyprinus carpio


Carp are a golden-olive colored fish that have a yellowish-white belly. They have large scales with a dark spot near the front. Carp have a pair of small barbels on each side of their mouth.

Range and Habitat: 

Carp were first introduced to the United States during the later part of the 19th century. In Indiana carp are found throughout the state and their preferred habitat ranges from small streams to large lakes.

Fishing Facts:

Carp are a very popular game fish in Europe and are gaining popularity in the United States. They obtain a large size; fish over 5 pounds are common, and are strong fighters. Carp may be caught on a variety of baits including night crawlers, prepared dough balls, and catfish baits. They are occasionally caught on lures and are a popular species for bow fishing.

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