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Carp Spawn???

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Does anyone know when the carp spawn here in southern minnesota, does it have a effect on the fishing?

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I've seen them spawn in May and I've seen them spawn in July. I don't know what factors drive it. They tend to not be too interested in food when they're doing the deed.

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When the cottonwood starts flying, the carp start spawning, according to a number of old guys I've known. I've been seeing the cottonwood starting here, but not much spawning yet.

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I always thought now was the time, too, until last 4th of July I ran into a lot of spawning carp on our lake near Spicer.

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Carp must just like to get down whenever.

Probably depends a lot on location. But when they start spawning, it's tough to miss. Carp porn everywhere...

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I think like all fish, it depends on water temps for the most part.

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The carp I recently arrowed are full of eggs,there is a heavy hatch of midges the last few days and the carp are gorging on them,there all over in the shallow muddy bottom areas,jumpin all day & night,but the spawn is a ways away I believe the eggs are no where near ripe,Prime whatever ya call it their yet pretty tiny eggs.I've taken 2-4 each day for 5 days their 12-16 lbs.But when the spawn starts these will look small.

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would the cottonwood or the midges have a effect on the fishing since they are surface orientated (I dont flyfish for them)

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65 degree surface temps are the trigger. When the water temps hit the 60s things get crazzy. 65 is ideal for the eggs. This spring I was in a flood pool with spawning fish when the sun was out, a little wind and cloud cover and they shut down. Just that little change.

Find warm water, find spawning fish.

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On a side note, the suckers were spawning big time in 50 degree surface temps on Shell L in WI last weekend.

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I was just out. Water temp was 60.9 and the Big Mouth Buffalo were on the spawn. It looked as though the carp were looking for an egg breakfast.

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would the cottonwood or the midges have a effect on the fishing since they are surface orientated (I dont flyfish for them)
Kinda like trout when there's a hatch they are targeting specific plentiful food,most other food or bait is ignored,but not 100% of the time.

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Id say its def. on. The carp are stacked up below the dams down here right now. They are so tight most have half their bodies stickin out or are pushed into the shallows.

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And how long does this spawn generally last???

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Feel free to come and work Bald Eagle. Getting rid of them is high on the list of folks in the area. North end is pretty shallow so it should be the place to go.

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