Carp local fish species facts and Limits. Carp also known as “Mud Marlins” are an introduced species that has plagued our fresh water lakes and river systems. They adapt to these environments, they flourish and breed at astronomical rates taking over residential native species such as trout and perch. For this reason that they are considered a noxious pest species that must not be returned to the water. Its not all doom and gloom many anglers enjoy targeting carp. There accessible, they grow to huge sizes, they fight well and there easy to target with simple baits and rigs.

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Scientific name:

Cyprinus carpio

Size & limits:

Carp can grow well over a meter in length even in small shallow systems. There is no minimum legal size and carp must not be returned to the water. Fines apply if you return carp. Please enquire with Vic fisheries if you would like to no more about this.

Bait Recommendations:

Corn, scrub/earth worms, bread, maggots, bollies

Lure Recommendations:

Traditionally you would target carp on bait however it has becoming increasingly popular in recent times to catch them by sight casting with soft plastics. Soft plastics with natural looking minnows, grub tail soft plastics and hard body lures. 70mm Squidy wrigglers in bloodworm, Strike tiger curl tail grub in bright yellow and hard body lures such as Atomic Hardz in natural colours are great choices.

Eating Rating:

Generally not considered a fish to be eaten by Australians. Some would argue if you clean them thoroughly they can be filleted or boiled into a soup.  


Easy to target put on some corn, bread or worms and hang on. Fish with light gear it makes carp fishing so much more enjoyable.

Rod/Rig setup:

Targeting Carp on light gear is great. Personally I like using 7 foot rod that has a 4 – 6 kilo capacity, a 3000 or 4000 size reel spooled with 12 pound line and a 8 pound leader with a very small running sinker to a swivel.

Best times:

Any time of day but you’ll get more bites on sunrise and sundown.