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Fish: Common Carp

How do you carp fish in Colorado?

Post By: iBeany      Posted: 5/28/2019 12:23:28 PM     Points: 0    
I have been exploring lakes around the Fort Collins area and they all are filled with decent carp. After research I tried corn, twice, but I had no luck. A friend said that chumming is illegal in Colorado as well.

How do you guys go about fishing for pond carp? Boilies? Worms? Should I keep trying sweet corn? What size hooks do you use? How and when do you set the hook? All help is appreciated... thank you!!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/28/2019 12:51:09 PM     Points: 38196    
You will probably get 20 different answers from 20 different carp fishermen. I've never caught a carp with corn. Try dough or worms on a #6 hook and leave your drag very loose--the fish will set the hook. I carry a variety of dough baits flavored different ways and switch them out every 45 minutes or so.

Pack baits and boilies work in CO too.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/28/2019 1:19:00 PM     Points: 58877    
maybe you should respond to all the folks that tried to help you on your other thread before you look for more info

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 Reply by: iBeany      Posted: 5/28/2019 3:03:33 PM     Points: 0    
@anglerwannabe that post was about fly fishing for trout

I went fishing for carp with a buddy the other night were we could see the carp but they wouldn't take our corn. That is why I am here asking a different question.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/28/2019 3:11:50 PM     Points: 58877    
yes that post was about fishing for trout and lots of people tried to help you.. and you have yet to acknowledge any of them. When people try to help you.. it's always a good idea to be appreciative. Your choice if you don't want to be.. but here is what will happen.. people notice and remember.. in the future, people won't respond to your threads any longer.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 5/28/2019 5:31:49 PM     Points: 14933    
Use flicker shads.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 5/28/2019 5:39:46 PM     Points: 8070    
Ground up con flakes,strawberry quick powder,and taco sauce.add water to make a dough.
fish off the bottom.
 Reply by: iBeany      Posted: 5/28/2019 6:21:13 PM     Points: 0    
@Hawaiian Do you feel like homemade doughs out perform store bought putties and baits?
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/28/2019 6:23:30 PM     Points: 38196    
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 5/28/2019 6:39:29 PM     Points: 56437    
 Reply by: rkhancock      Posted: 5/28/2019 7:39:47 PM     Points: 24631    
I keep it simple with canned corn. The cheaper the better in my experience. The key is to go finesse if conditions are tough, sometimes go down to 8 pound floro leader, small hooks with only a couple pieces on the hook. Don't be scared to move around often if you're not getting but.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 5/28/2019 7:51:20 PM     Points: 8070    
As a kid I fished a Denver park lake at Holly and Cherry creek drive,there were no store made baits for Carp,thus the baits were hit and miss. I got the mix from watching a fishing show,I think it was Jimmy Huston or some other TV bass guy going to a Carp fishing contest.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 5/28/2019 8:16:35 PM     Points: 1871    
A small white crankbait slowly retrieved at 3' down.
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 5/28/2019 9:01:43 PM     Points: 8753    
I catch several every year after dark on jerks and swims!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/28/2019 9:04:35 PM     Points: 38196    
Told ya...20 the flyrod guys
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: 5/28/2019 10:42:18 PM     Points: 44316    
Yes, flies! Spot fishing, stealth approach, typically with Spinato's carp sliders as seen in [log in for link]

Love it, it's a blast!

Also see:
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 Reply by: iBeany      Posted: 5/29/2019 11:35:39 AM     Points: 0    
If I choose to fly fish a woolly bugger, how do I keep it from snagging on the bottom of the ponds here? They are really shallow and full of fallen trees/roots.
 Reply by: papabatman      Posted: 5/29/2019 11:50:00 AM     Points: 95    
try not trying to catch them. that is when i can't get them to stop biting.
 Reply by: Topgun      Posted: 5/29/2019 9:20:32 PM     Points: 374    
With a bow, it's a blast!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 5/29/2019 9:35:03 PM     Points: 68    
Ok. Now im convinced. This guy is a plant.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 5/29/2019 10:37:27 PM     Points: 2010    
AWB is right... Ibeany a simple hey guys I appreciate you. Thanks for the help.... these Guys go out of there way to give advice. Then you just ghost the thread.... without a word of appreciation

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