Common Carp ( Cyprinus carpio )
Common Name: Carp, European Carp, Mirror Carp, Leather Carp
Local Name: Karpa, (Tagalog);
Max Size: 110 cm (40+kgs)
Biodiversity: Freshwater, Benthopelagic
Depth: 1 – ?? meters
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: None
Recommended Bait/Lures: masa (dough bait), worms
IUCN Red List Status Status: Vulnerable (VU)**
This introduced species can be found all over the country in ponds, rivers, and lakes. They are bottom feeders that can be caught on worms, corn, doughballs, and other natural baits.
There are many Koi or Ornamental Carp in the Philippines as well. These fish are closely related to common carp only they have many varied color patterns. Originally confined to private ponds and aquariums these ornamental fish are now present in wild waters around the country.
Here is a wild caught koi from central Luzon:
**The wild populations of Europe are considered vulnerable not the introduced Philippine population.
Philippines Rod and Reel Record:
Angler: Franz Villamar
Location: Bustos Dam, San Rafael, Bulacan
Weight: 6.6 kgs