Carp?

#1
When is the earliest time a guy can start targeting carp? About what water temp?

I know it's tough to get them during the spawn, but how long does the spawn last?
 

speyfisher

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#2
Usually a week, maybe two. After the spawn, they will be famished and eager to take just about anything, provided it is presented properly.
 
#3
Usually a week, maybe two. After the spawn, they will be famished and eager to take just about anything, provided it is presented properly.
Thanks for the response spey, but is that a week or two from now... or a week or two after the spawn?

And by any chance do you know what the water temp should be? I know it can varry from lake to lake, depending on location.

Thanks again!
 

speyfisher

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#4
They go crazy for about a week or two while the spawn is on. Kinda like a teenager in a whore house. When it starts will be dependent on water temp. Sorry, I don't really know exactly what that temp may be. You might check out a book called Carp on the Fly by Reynolds, Befus, & Berryman.
 

Blue

Active Member
#6
They are active right now here, but I know on most the stillwaters May is going to be the month for them. For the past four weeks I have been consumed with those guys. What a blast!
 

Blue

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#9
I don't know if you have some small pools where carp live. We have one here in an Industrial area. I have been going quite often for the past two weeks and always manage a few. It is great. The smallest was 28" and the biggest 36". Sometimes the wind stirs up the pond making site fishing tuff though.
 

Paul Huffman

Driven by irrational exuberance.
#11
If I work at it, I can get some in April. They're available before smallmouth are. Our smallies start biting at 52- 55, May 10- 15.
 

dflett68

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#12
I got my first several on a fly last night at Blackman's. My daughter and I were feeding ducks and they showed up. I ran home for a rod and put on something white and fluffy looking to match the hatch. Bingo. I still find them pretty vile to look at but I admit it was a hoot to pick up a few on a dry fly in very shallow water and they seem to fight about as well as any other freshwater fish of equal size. The first run was great, in particular.

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