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   COARSE FISH
  • CARP
  • BROWN BULLHEAD
  • CHANNEL CATFISH


  •  CARP (also known as german carp, european carp, leather carp)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Two barbels on each side of the upper jaw
    • Saw-edged spiny dorsal fin ray
    • Large thick scales
    • Back is dark green to brown becoming yellowish on the belly
         HABITAT:
    • Warm, shallow water with much aquatic vegetation
    • Carp are tolerant of poor environmental conditions
         SPAWNING:
    • Carp reach maturity in 3 years
    • Spawns in early spring and summer in weedy or grassy shallows
    • Eggs hatch in 3-6 days
         FOOD:
    • Carp feed mainly on aquatic vegetation and insects
         ANGLING:
    • Best angling method for carp is fishing the bottom with corn kernels, doughballs or worms
    • Still-fishing with the aid of a float is most effective

     BROWN BULLHEAD (also known as brown catfish, mudcat, common catfish)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Dark barbels on chin
    • Square tail fin
    • Thick saw-toothed spines on dorsal and pectoral fins
    • Dark brown becoming creamy on the belly
         HABITAT:
    • Found in shallow, warm water near sand or mud bottoms
    • Tolerant of very poor environmental conditions
         SPAWNING:
    • First spawns at age 3
    • Spawns in late spring to early summer in mud or sand
    • Eggs hatch in 6-9 days
         FOOD:
    • Insect larvae, crayfish, snails and aquatic vegetation
    • Feeds at night on the bottom, using barbels to locate food
         ANGLING:
    • Taken by still-fishing with worms, doughballs, stinkbaits and baitfish
    • The reddish colour flesh is surprisingly delicious

     

     CHANNEL CATFISH (also known as channel cat)

         IDENTIFICATION & FEATURES:
    • Dark barbels on chin
    • Deeply forked tail
    • Dark brown becoming creamy on the belly
         HABITAT:
    • Found in warm water near sand or mud bottoms
    • Often inhabits large turbid rivers
         SPAWNING:
    • Spawns in late spring to early summer in mud or sand
         FOOD:
    • Fish, aquatic insects, crayfish, clams and snails
    • Feeds at night on the bottom, using barbels to locate food
         ANGLING:
    • Taken by still-fishing with worms, doughballs, stinkbaits and baitfish

     

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