baldwin carps

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by Bad_fisherman21, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Bad_fisherman21

    Bad_fisherman21 New Member

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    anyone know if the carp will bite on sweet corn.If not what will they bite on.
     
  2. TccaAl

    TccaAl New Member

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    They should bite on sweet corn, however, I catch alot of carp on Powerton lake using regular canned corn. I also put anise oil in the corn to make it smell like licorice and also put in red food coloring to turn it a pink to red color. It seems that the red corn with anise oil will out catch the regular corn on most day. With both lakes being cooling lakes I would think the fish should react in a similar fashion.

    I would also use a small kahle hook (like a 6,8,or 10) and the absolute least amount of weight you can get away with. I have found over the years that carp don't like to feel a bunch of weight or resistance.

    My favorite rig is a number 8 eagle claw fine wire Kahle hook, small swivel, and a small split shot about three foot above the swivel. I also use 10 lb cajun line.

    Hope this helps.
     

  3. Bad_fisherman21

    Bad_fisherman21 New Member

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  4. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    So I heard Baldwin water temps hit triple digits again? Good Lord... that is nasty. Anyone verify and how is it affecting the fish?
     
  5. hock_paul

    hock_paul New Member

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    The News Democrat had the report @ 100 degrees and said the fishing was spotty for all species at best! It also said that there wer'nt too many anglers fishing it AMEN TO THAT BROTHER! I'll be checking it out this fall though!:big_smile:
     
  6. FREESPOOL

    FREESPOOL New Member

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    What do you guys fish for carp for? Do you just like the sport of it, or are you eating them? :confused2: I just don't know, not trying to be smartarse. :tounge_out:
     
  7. Jenni Belle

    Jenni Belle New Member

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    LOL! I hope no one really enjoys eating carp! :misdoubt:
     
  8. TccaAl

    TccaAl New Member

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    I fish for carp mostly just for fun. However, I will occasionally use them for bait and you can also make "poor man's shrimp" out of it and it really isn't that bad tasting. Not walleye for sure, but not too bad.
     
  9. Ghosth

    Ghosth New Member

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    Nothing wrong with eating carp if caught from cool waters and properly taken care of.

    Here in the USA they have gotten a bad rep, and people turn there noses up at them. But in Europe they are one of their most prized gamefish.

    #1 top selling fish in New York City the last I heard was Carp. Ever hear of Gefilte fish?

    Big Carp are smart, sneaky, mostly not fished for, and abundant, and will give you a world class fight on light tackle.

    Many of you have heard of the world class Channel Cats we raise here on the Red River of the North. Well I am finding out it is just as world renowned as a trophy carp fishery.

    CPR them, save a small one for catfish bait, or just leave them alone, as long as you don't throw them on the bank and make a mess I don't care. :)
     
  10. Bad_fisherman21

    Bad_fisherman21 New Member

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    lol i wanna catch carps while im waiting for a big catfish to take my cuttbait
     
  11. Jenni Belle

    Jenni Belle New Member

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    :smile2:
     
  12. Bossofbeefbowl

    Bossofbeefbowl New Member

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    I always bring two poles with me when I fish.One for whatever I'm actually going for and one sitting on the bottom for carp or whatever.It's always fun to catch something,even it is just a carp.
     
  13. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    I still have yet to catch a carp.... is there snagging season time for Carlyle?
     
  14. Jenni Belle

    Jenni Belle New Member

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    I've always been told that the first frost is the best time to go carp fishing but I seem to catch them all year! :angry:
     
  15. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    I would think sweet corn would work . Or a strawberry or vanilla dough bait.
     
  16. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Well you out do me Jeni, I haven't caught one yet. I need my boy Aaron Lands to teach me his wise ways. Without illegal activity! LOL
     
  17. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Hey Brian - I've got a freezer full of carp concoctions ready to go. Illegal? Is there any other way? :wink::smile2:
     
  18. Pipe Rat

    Pipe Rat Well-Known Member

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    I fished a carp tournament years ago at clearwater lake and it was a blast on light tackle. We used corn for bait.
     
  19. TccaAl

    TccaAl New Member

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    I would agree that carp are a blast on light tackle. I go to Powerton Lake once or twice every summer specifically to catch carp. I let em go but have fun catching them.
     
  20. Don Wessling

    Don Wessling New Member

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    American carp are good eating if prepared right. Never tried those Asian carp, Just don't look very appetizing to me.