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Old 04-01-2007, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any of these near Denver?
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Old 04-01-2007, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not familiar with the names... Common Carp & Grass Carp are what I am sure of.
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Old 04-01-2007, 07:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They are not a separate subspecies. They are already in the gene pool of the common carp, so a certain (low) percentage of the carp hatch each year turn out to be leather carp and mirror carp. It's like a red-haired kid will pop up once in a while in a family where neither parent has red hair. (No jokes about red-haired mailmen, please )

The percentage seems to be higher in Europe than in the USA. I was looking at a German encyclopedia and came across a fish picture labeled "Das Karpf" (The Carp) and sure enough, the fish pictured was a mirror carp.


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Old 04-01-2007, 11:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've never heard of either being caught around here, but I have seen what a thought to be mirror carp on one or two occasions. just when you thought carp couldn't get any uglier.......
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Leather and mirror carp exist in about 50 % of the waters in Colorado. Your best chance of catching one is to fish a lake with a high population of carp, as miror and leather carp are genetic anomolies. I have caught both mirror and leather caro at Sloan's Lake, Barbour Ponds aka St. Vrain Park, Lagerman Res, Boyd lake, Barr Lake, and Eleven Mile Res.
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