Common Carp

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.

Common Carp Illustration by 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.
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 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 Length and Weight Live Release Award
Adult: 29 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 27inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 15 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 11 pounds minimum

Common Carp are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Carp" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
Delaware State Record 45 pounds
Ronald Burnett

"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.