Carp Fishing

24 March 2011 For The Angler

Carp fishing is a huge sport in Europe and is gaining popularity in Canada and the U.S.A.  Carp are found in most lakes, rivers and creeks and can grow to be well over 30 pounds. A big carp will pull hard and make long runs. Be prepared for a  great fight.

Basic Equipment for Beginners

Six foot medium to heavy action rod and spinning reel combination with 12 pound line.


Bait balls made of maize.
Live bait – worms.

Use large, strong hooks.

Location – Where to Catch Carp

Carp prefer warm water and are bottom feeders. They swim along picking up their food off the floor of the lake, river, or creek.
The best water temperature for carp is about 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit). Source: Ontario MNR

Technique – How to Catch Carp

Find a comfortable place to sit because you will likely be there for a long time. Carp fishing is a sport of patience.
Ensure that you have enough weight to keep the bait in one spot on the bottom.
Cast out your line, set up your chair and wait.
Some people attach a small bell to the end of the rod to alert them when a fish is taking the bait. This is particularly useful if you happen to doze off.

A big carp will put up a great fight. Be ready!