Species Perspective

Globally, from the Americas to Eastern Asia and Australia, many freshwater fish species fall under the general moniker, carp.

Here in Canada, two species offer a ton of fun for sport fishermen. The largest and most exciting of these species is the Common Carp which includes a fully-scaled variety and a rarer, partly-scaled cousin often called a Mirror Carp. There are also smaller sporting members of the carp family — Common Goldfish.

This chapter profiles these carp species — from their social, cultural and economic impact globally, to what they look like, where they live, what they eat and other key aspects of their behaviour and seasonal movements relevant to sport fishing for them in Canada.