Often we define the word “minnow” as any little fish, but more properly, minnows are a family of fishes, and some can get pretty big! The common carp, an introduction from Asia, is one of these “whopper” minnows.
This large, silvery fish is an invasive, non-native carp that causes lots of problems. It is illegal to use this fish as live bait. Do not collect, transport, or dump it. Related to the bighead carp, but with the head relatively smaller, and eyes higher on head. Keel extends forward to base of pectoral fins. No dark splotches.
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