DEEP: Carp Management

Common Carp Angling in Connecticut
The Connecticut State Record for common carp is 43 pounds 12 ounces.  This record was broken three times in the last five years, attesting to the increasing interest in angling for Connecticut's largest freshwater fish. Carp are found throughout the state and conveniently offer great angling.
Two Previous Carp State Records
{2009 State Record}   {2011 State Record}  
2009; Steven Wasilewski
 40 lbs. 8 oz.
2011; Nigel Griffin
41 lbs. 8 oz.
  {2012 State Record}  
2012; Michael Hudak
43 lbs. 12 oz.

Until 2000 carp had been an underutilized resource.  By European standards, our fishery is just getting started.  In 2008 The Tournament of Champions - which was organized by CARP Tournament Series was held on the Connecticut River in the East Hartford area.  Subsequently, the fishery became very popular with more and more anglers enjoying the sport each year.  In 2015 another tournament was organized with an $100,000 pay out if the state record was broken (verified by DEEP).  Coming up in 2016 there will be an $100,000 contest during Columbus Day week for anglers registered in the tournament.  Can you catch the new record?  The 2008 & 2015 events attracted anglers from all over the world with Poland, Romania, USA, Great Britain and other countries being represented. 

Carp fishing in the CT River has increased in popularity in recent years and was featured in the hit TV series "On The Water" that aired in July 2016.  You can also visit YouTube to watch Connecticut River Carp - On The Water TV Season 14 Episode 1.     

  {Fantail carp}   {Common carp}

Spring Carp Primer (PDF)

Carp Fishing (PDF)

Carp Movie (Movie)

Content last updated August 2016