Grass carp are found in almost every state except Alaska, Montana, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont. The best methods for catching Grass carp include drift fishing, still fishing or spin casting using cherry tomatoes, sweet corn or watermelon.
Habitat: River, Stream
How to identify Grass Carp
Grass carps have distinct features, including a mouth absent of a barbel that sits on a long head. It has pronounced scales with dark edges and a short dorsal fin that has eight rays. The grass carp’s two, short anal fins are connected towards the bottom of its body. Its coloring is generally dark green to shimmery white.
Where to catch Grass Carp
The grass carp is native in Chinese and East Siberian rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean. They have been introduced worldwide to help control underwater weeds. Naturally reproduced versions of these fish live in and around the Mississippi River basin. They can be found in lakes, ponds and the slow-flowing backwaters of rivers throughout the United States, except for Alaska, Montana, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The following are habitats where you can catch Grass Carp:
- Current Edges
- Freshwater Lakes and Ponds
- Outside of Bends
- Overhanging Trees and Bushes
- Riparian Zones
- Rivers and Streams
- Rock and Boulder Pockets
- Undercut Banks
How to catch Grass Carp
These fish can be difficult to catch. They are both difficult to attract and are tough fighters when caught. A medium-sized, 7-foot rod is recommended for these fish, preferably one with a 200-yard line. This combination allows the angler to feel when the fish bites, while also being strong enough to withstand the fierce battle to reel it in. A net is also recommended to help get the struggling grass carp into the boat. Chumming with sweet corn can help attract these fish – the more the better. Anglers will also need to be patient because these fish are easily spooked.
The following are effective fishing methods and techniques for catching Grass Carp:
Best Lures, Bait & Tackle to catch Grass Carp
Grass carps are herbivores and are known to be picky eaters. The best options for bait include watermelon, cherry tomatoes, and sweet corn.
The following are fishing lures, bait and tackle that can be used to catch Grass Carp: