Carp Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Common Name:

Carp

Scientific Name:

Cyprinus carpio

Diet:

Opportunistic feeders that consume insects, invertebrates, zooplankton and phytoplankton.

Habitat:

Inhabit still to slow moving water. Tolerate poor water quality.

Spawn:

Spring and Summer in shallow water. The massive amounts of eggs (over a million in large females) are released into the water and hatch in one to two weeks.

Distribution:

Scattered statewide

Origin:

Native to Eurasia, but widely introduced in the United States

Characteristics:

Undervalued sport and food fish, however carp compete with native fish species. Carp fight hard and can grow rather large. (Sometimes referred to as the “Poor Man’s Bonefish”.) The vast majority of the body is covered with large scales and there is a large spine at the front of the dorsal fin. Fleshy barbels are present on each side of the mouth. The body is thick and gray to brassy green or yellowish green.

UTAH RECORD CATCH & RELEASE

Date:

September 2, 2003

Length:

35 1/2 Inches

Fisherman:

Lance Egan

Location:

Starvation Reservoir

UTAH RECORD CATCH

Year:

1993

Weight:

32 pounds 0 ounces

Length:

Unknown

Girth:

Unknown

Fisherman:

Couger Elfervig

Location:

Lake Powell



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