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Lake: Jackson Lake
Fish: Common Carp


Post By: Flyrodn      Posted: 4/15/2007 5:55:20 PM     Points: 184622    
I figured with the warm weather and an approaching front Jackson wipers might turn on. Wrong, at least for me. I only heard of a single wiper being caught, a few trout, and lots of carp. Needless to say, I concentrate on whatever is active, so carp it was.

I found abundant big carp up in and just outside the brush/timber along the north shore. The flies of choice today were two inch olive/white clousers and brown woolly buggers. Actually, I don't think pattern mattered, pitch a minnow or crayfish pattern and hang on. Best fish was 29 inches.

 Reply by: pikepro      Posted: 4/16/2007 10:23:52 PM     Points: 199
I am guessing you kept the carp? Did you eat it? How do they taste? Is there a special way you prepare them?
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 4/17/2007 6:11:43 AM     Points: 184622
The one I'm holding was given to the young man who took the picture for cutbait. The other was released.
 Reply by: ePiC      Posted: 4/17/2007 6:38:03 AM     Points: 494
Golden wipers right? I think the carp are starting their spawn and they are always very aggressive during that time. Sounds like fun especially on the fly rod.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 4/17/2007 8:16:40 AM     Points: 184622
I agree, I also think they are in a prespawn or spawn mode. They really don't have much tolerance for flies in their territory and attack them. I've heard them referred to as fresh water bones on occasion. You're correct, for a challenge both in getting to take a fly and to land once you've hooked up, they are one tough fish. A whole lot of fun, especially when other species are less than cooperative.
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