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Grass Carp in Alberta (Ctenopharyngodon Idella)

Grass Carp

Grass Carp Identification

  1. chubby body form that is torpedo shaped
  2. firm lips, and no barbels
  3. color is dark olive
  4. large slightly outlined scales

Grass Carp Description

Grass Carp are not native to Alberta, but were introduced and became a part of the Alberta stock program in 2007. They are selectively stocked in a few locations in the North Eastern part of Alberta.

Quick Facts About Grass Carp

  • Zones:
  • Diet: plants, insects, 3 times their body weight daily
  • Habitat: slow-moving, still water, high temperature tolerance
  • Breeding: spring
  • Life Span: 8 years