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Common Carp

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Statewide
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Common Carp prefer murky shallow water of ponds, sloughs, ditches, and rivers.

They are omnivores feeding on vegetable matter, as well as crayfish, and aquatic insects.
General Description
Common Carp have two barbels ("whiskers") on each side of the mouth.

Most are bronze/gold to golden yellow on the sides and yellowish white on the belly.
Did You Know?
Common Carp are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).

They are a member of the minnow family.

Often mischaracterized and despised by fisherman, the lowly Common Carp will put up a good battle to the delight of many Delaware anglers.

They can often tolerate poor water quality.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Common Carp can be caught with small flies in clearer water.

Bait often includes canned corn, pieces of bread rolled into marble size balls, or marble-size dough balls.
Typical Sizes Caught
Common Carp are commonly caught at weights of 1 to 10 pounds by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 29 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 15 pounds

Common Carp are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament "Carp" citation, but not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
Delaware State Record
45 pounds
Ronald Burnett
1976

"Carp" is a general category for Delaware records and can be Common Carp or Mirror Carp.

Common Carp are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.