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dkcaesar
Posted: Jun 08, 2017 - 08:36 pm


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Good evening,

I have a question for the experience fishermen of Lake Nipissing.

I was boating in a shallow bay on the lake today and saw what I believe was a carp....

Are there carp in the lake or was I seeing things ?

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buddy
Posted: Jun 08, 2017 - 09:21 pm


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You weren't seeing things, they are there but the population is small.
Here's a quote from the MNR.

Common carp have been observed in the lake since the early 1990ís. Prior to 2013, reports were limited to the western basin of the lake; as of spring 2013 they have been
confirmed in Callander Bay. There is very limited assessment data on the species, and they are currently considered a minor component of the food web. No formal monitoring program currently exists for carp on the lake. They are informally being monitored as incidentals in the fisheries assessments (FWIN, IOTN), creel surveys, or public reports to the MNRF.

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dkcaesar
Posted: Jun 09, 2017 - 06:02 am


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Well, thank you for your quick response to my question... Very interesting article....

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Posted: Jun 14, 2017 - 02:26 pm


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I caught this 9-10carp this afternoon along with 9 walleye ranging from 10-15 inches
Great action for a middle of the day
Sorry the picture not that great

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Paddy
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 - 02:52 pm


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Nice fish. That's a sucker.

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morecowbell23
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 - 02:58 pm


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I thought it might be
How do you tell the difference

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Paddy
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 - 03:18 pm


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It's a little hard to explain I guess, but when you see them enough it's really easy to tell. The shape of the head, the shape of the body, the dorsal, the mouth is different, even the eyes. Carp have big barbels hanging down from the side of their mouth. I don't think suckers have them, but if they do, they aren't as noticeable. The colour and size of the scales. As Mr. Miyagi once said, they are "same but different".

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morecowbell23
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 - 09:42 pm


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Thanks Paddy for description and photo
I will ponder this while I paint the fence


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kokemachine
Posted: Jun 15, 2017 - 11:50 am


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Yeah, a carp has more of a browny - orange colour and big scales. It's probably a very unpopular opinion but I wouldn't mind having a carp population on Nipissing just for the fact that they are hard fighters and they get huge. Here's a 20+ carp I caught on Rice lake a month ago.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017 - 12:17 pm


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There is also a species called a Sheephead. One could easily see a Sheephead swimming and think it is a carp.

I have caught a few of these and they too are good fighters. My wife caught a monster Sheephead and had a huge grin on her face once she got it in the boat.

I often see Sheephead near my camp at the mouth of the French. They come into the shallows in the evenings. I have had a few spook me as I paddle by and they are in less than a foot of water. Nip has so many different types of fish!

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017 - 01:16 pm


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I agree sheephead {freshwater drum} are a blast! they will take you for a ride, I have got them up to 14 lbs all over the west side, northwest bay to the west arm and everywhere in between. still haven't eaten one yet though, lol

btw kokemachine nice carp, that must have been fun!

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kokemachine
Posted: Jun 16, 2017 - 11:19 am


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Yeah Sheepshead are a thrill to catch too. They are such a wide bodied fish with a massive tail that gives them a real grip on the water. I wish I caught them more often.

@westarm, before I left Toronto and moved up north I had just figured out how to catch carp consistently only to find that there were not many to be had up north. That carp pic is from a trip I made to Rice lake in Peterborough where we caught and released over 20 carp over 2 days all weighing 10-21lbs. It was the best carp fishing I had ever seen and it was all from the dock. It was pretty hard on the arms but great for the soul.

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westarm
Posted: Jun 16, 2017 - 12:37 pm


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QUOTE (kokemachine @ Jun 16, 2017 - 12:19 pm)
Yeah Sheepshead are a thrill to catch too. They are such a wide bodied fish with a massive tail that gives them a real grip on the water. I wish I caught them more often.

@westarm, before I left Toronto and moved up north I had just figured out how to catch carp consistently only to find that there were not many to be had up north. That carp pic is from a trip I made to Rice lake in Peterborough where we caught and released over 20 carp over 2 days all weighing 10-21lbs. It was the best carp fishing I had ever seen and it was all from the dock. It was pretty hard on the arms but great for the soul.

sounds like a great trip to me catching them big brutes. we used to fish Peterborough area once a year but have since stopped going about 10 years ago. we would do a fall muskie trip thanksgiving weekend and had decent success.
carp, sucker sheephead when they get that big they are all fun!!

from Toronto to the northland! what a wonderful upgrade! congrats!



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