Carp?

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  1. generic

    generic Active Member

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    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?
     
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    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. generic

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
  5. generic

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    Excellent! Thanks!
     
  6. Blue

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    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!
     
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    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    usually it starts around May. Water temps around 55 key it up
     
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    I like water temps to hit 55-58 here on the e side.

    Usually 2nd or 3rd week of May for pre spawn
     
  9. Blue

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    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.
     
  10. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    They typically spawn during the last half of May here. June & July are good carping months.
     
  11. Paul Huffman

    Paul Huffman Lagging economic indicator

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    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.
     
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    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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    The more you fish for them, the better looking they get. LOL Did you notice they are not slimy like other fish?
     
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    RIGHT ON! What white and fluffy? They still like my yellow egg

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  15. dflett68

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    they seem as grotesque as ever to me, but i will definitely keep targeting them.