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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Rudd
Sacramento Perch
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Splake
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Common Carp
Adams County Fairground Lakes
Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake)
Arapaho Bend Ponds (FC)
Lake Arbor
Banner Lakes SWA
Barnum Park Lake
Barr Lake
Big Thompson Ponds
Bingham Lake-Pinery Reservoir
Boulder Reservoir
Boyd Lake
Brush Hollow Reservoir
Chartiers Pond (Brush SWA)
Chatfield Reservoir
Cherry Creek Reservoir
Cherry Knolls Pond
City Park Lake (Denver)
Cottonwood Lake (Pearl Parkway Boulder)
Crawford Reservoir
Crown Hill Lake
DePoorter Lake
Dixon Reservoir
Doty Park Pond
Douglas Reservoir
Elaine T. Valente Open Space
Eleven Mile Reservoir
Exposition Park Pond
Flagler Reservoir
Frank SWA
Franz Lake SWA
Fruitgrowers Reservoir
Lake Geneva
Harriman Lake
Heinricy Lake
Lake Henry
Highline Lake
Horseshoe Reservoir (Lathrop SP)
Horsetooth Reservoir
Hunters Glen Lake
Huston Park Lake
Jackson Lake
John Martin Reservoir
Jumbo Annex (Red Lion SWA)
Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg)
Kenney Reservoir
Kingfisher Point Ponds
KOA Lake
Lagerman Reservoir
Lon Hagler Reservoir
Lonetree Reservoir
Loveland Lake
Mack Mesa Lake
Main Reservoir
McCall Lake
McIntosh Lake
McKay Lake
McMurry Ponds
McPhee Reservoir
Lake Meredith
Navajo Reservoir
Nee Gronda Reservoir
Nee Noshe Reservoir
North Sterling Reservoir
Ordway Reservoir
Overland Trail Park Pond
Poudre Ponds
Prewitt Reservoir
Prospect Park Lakes (Wheatridge)
Prospect Ponds (FC)
Pueblo Reservoir
Quail Lake
Rio Blanco Lake
River's Edge and Jayhawker Ponds
Riverbend Ponds
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Rocky Mountain Lake
Rotella Park Pond
Runyon/Fountain Lakes
Salisbury Park
San Luis Lake
Sanchez Reservoir
Simpson Ponds SWA
Sloan Lake
Smith Lake (Lar. Cty.)
Smith Reservoir (Lakewood)
Spratt-Platte Lake
St. Vrain State Park (Barbour Ponds)
Standley Lake
Stearns Lake
Sweitzer Lake
Tamarack Ranch Pond
Thornton Gravel Ponds #2 & #3
Twin Lakes Park Ponds
Union Reservoir
Wellington Reservoir #4
Westminster City Park Pond
Willow Springs Ponds
Windsor Lake
FishExplorer Rivers with Common Carp
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
Common Carp

The lowly carp. The freshwater bonefish. The freshwater redfish.  You choose. This commonly frowned-upon fish is gaining more and more prominence as a gamefish with the advent of fly-fishers popularizing the flats-style approaches akin to Bonefishing in tropical climates.

This hard-fighting and massive-bodied fish has more than likely given many of you a lesson in proper drag setting after grabbing your panfish hook and taking off to who-knows-where with it. The carp is still largely considered a nuisance fish not wanted in our lakes. It is often wrongly assumed the fish is a bottom-feeding, swimming garbage can.

You can catch carp with several baits including nymph flies, spinners, and streamers. Carp are some of the most hardy fish which makes them a prime target in the coldest and hottest weather. They will actively feed in the early spring, late fall, and warm winters.

We are pulling for you, carp. We hope you gain the acceptance you've warranted for so many years.

See Barry Reynold's, Brad Befus', and John Berryman's book on catching carp on the fly, "Carp on the Fly: A Flyfishing Guide."

Common Carp in Colorado

Yes, carp are definitely available to anglers in Colorado, widely considered a trout state.  Mostly found in lower elevation areas on the eastern plains, foothills, and western slope, carp are abundant in many many urban impoundments and rivers.  However, carp are also quite prevalent in some higher mountain lakes, such as 11-mile Reservoir.  If you're traveling to Colorado for a convention or business, and can't stray far enough to more traditional trout streams, pack your rod anyway.  The South Platte River downtown is swimming with lots of big carp.

Colorado Records

Kept             38.75 inches, 35 lb 5 oz
Released   42 inches

Colorado Master Angler Award qualifying length for Common Carp is 30"
 

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