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    This is the picture I was sent, caught just a few weeks ago on Ft Peck.


    So check out the mouth, the buffalo has a lower lip just like what Triplebeards posted, our carp have a circular mouth like a "hose" that retracts into their head, way different look.
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    We pulled a 25 lb Buffalo fish out of the upper Missouri a few years back. Floating between Judith Landing and Woodhock? Not sure of the name, just south bank campground 15 miles or so from Fred Robinson. They are further up than just Fort Peck and may be up to Carter.
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    Dad giged coolers full of grass carp they stocked in norfork lake down in arkansas years ago they were spawning in the willow bushes that was along the water edge mom cut the mud streak out then canned em. Some good eating fish if you prepare it well first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MT Gianni View Post
    We pulled a 25 lb Buffalo fish out of the upper Missouri a few years back. Floating between Judith Landing and Woodhock? Not sure of the name, just south bank campground 15 miles or so from Fred Robinson. They are further up than just Fort Peck and may be up to Carter.
    So did you eat it? Pictures or it never happened!
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    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    This is the picture I was sent, caught just a few weeks ago on Ft Peck.


    So check out the mouth, the buffalo has a lower lip just like what Triplebeards posted, our carp have a circular mouth like a "hose" that retracts into their head, way different look.
    The lower lip fish your referring to is a buffalo. Common carp have the vaccum cleaner mouths that extend. If you look, I have two of each inside my canoe. I smoked the common carp. I mixed up 2 cups of shredded and boned meat with 6oz of cream cheese, a cup of sour cream, and a TBSP of dill. Makes a great spread. The. Common carp meat is all red accept around the ribs...which is the best part
    Buffalo has all white meat so will try and fry some up first to see if its any good before smoking it
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    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    I found this old picture of my daughter shooting carp for sport, something to do ..............
    I still have a couple of bear carp reels from the late 70's, early 80's I use to use. I just got tired of the string wrapping around the reels in mid flight and either snapping my string or the arrow flying back in my face. I might have to string one of my old bows up. I had a buffalo similar size to the one I speared years ago pull the arrow out after it took all my line. It came floating and flopping up the surface the next day in my backyard so was able to finish it off.

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    I believe that picture of my daughter is 10 years old, maybe 15 years ago. That was my old bow from 90, it got handed down to her. It sure was fun shooting them!
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    Usta whack 'em with a .22 whilst they were in the shallow water near the bank of the river. I'd need to be mighty hungry to eat either carp or catfish. Tastes too much like mud

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    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    So did you eat it? Pictures or it never happened!
    Scott, it was two computers ago and we were canoe camping. We had plenty of cats when we wanted fish to eat.
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    I got yah, don't know if I would eat one them anyways!
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    Quote Originally Posted by swheeler View Post
    I got yah, don't know if I would eat one them anyways!
    I like 'em.
    Ya need to do all the trimming, then soak it overnight in the refrigerator in water with a bump of vinegar in it.
    Then run it in the pressure cooker for 90 minutes.
    That cooks it and dissolves the small 'Y' bones down to what you find in canned sardines.

    Then use it like you would for canned salmon.

    In a lot of other countries, they raise them to eat like we do pigs & chickens.

    That 'yuk, its a bottom feeder' myth is just that.
    To fish for them you need fresh grain, potato, cheese sort of something bait since they are very picky eaters.

    Now catfish--- they're attracted to the most foul, rotten smelling mess you can find.
    But nobody has a problem with that.
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    Are you putting the carp bait into Mason jars to age for bait?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    I like 'em.
    Ya need to do all the trimming, then soak it overnight in the refrigerator in water with a bump of vinegar in it.
    Then run it in the pressure cooker for 90 minutes.
    That cooks it and dissolves the small 'Y' bones down to what you find in canned sardines.

    Then use it like you would for canned salmon.

    In a lot of other countries, they raise them to eat like we do pigs & chickens.

    That 'yuk, its a bottom feeder' myth is just that.
    To fish for them you need fresh grain, potato, cheese sort of something bait since they are very picky eaters.

    Now catfish--- they're attracted to the most foul, rotten smelling mess you can find.
    But nobody has a problem with that.
    This is a good method for pickeral and pike after talking the fillets
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonp View Post
    Are you putting the carp bait into Mason jars to age for bait?
    Not for carp bait.
    If it isn't fresh enough that you'd eat it yourself-- they won't either.
    But if it spoils and grows mold, catfish will still hit it.

    One of the neighbors used to work at a fast food restaurant.
    She'd bring home their French fries that had gotten to old to sell.
    She'd throw them off into the lake and the carp would come up by the dozens to eat them.
    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts.


    OK folks. Enough of this idle chit-chat. This ain't your Grandma's sewing circle.
    EVERYONE !!
    Get back to your oars. The Captain wants to water ski.

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    The excess meat put into jars makes great coyote, racoons etc bait for traps
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    Quote Originally Posted by MT Gianni View Post
    A former enforcement officer for the Idaho State Fish and Game said they had a free fish fry booth at the State Fair for many years. People would not believe they were eating carp.
    Not carp but my grandfather told me that during the depression he used to grapple the suckers coming in after the pike and run them downstate to sell the fillets as Trout. In the cold water you couldn't tell the difference. When the lake warmed up they tasted like mud
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    Locations I guess, most of our trout are as pink as salmon.
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    Some call them pink, to me they look orange or "salmon" but I think the color comes from eating fresh water shrimp? Even after a 12 hour brine they are mighty colorful and tasty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonp View Post
    The excess meat put into jars makes great coyote, racoons etc bait for traps

    I’ve been doing that the last couple weeks. Coon kryptonite!
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    I just tried the first buffalo I speared. I removed the rib cage when I filleted it before freezing. I My original intent was to smoke them. I thawed out one half of the largest one. I filleted off the skin and then sliced it in half removing the red mud line. I sliced the meat along the white line where the ribs ran so I had about 1" thick slices and about 5" long. Completely boneless and all white meat. I tested a couple for lunch. I plan fried them. It's the best tasting fish I've ever had out of the river! It tasted better than bass, northern pike, or walleye! Buffalo meat is all white and carp meat is completely dark red colored. I wouldn't try and fry carp...only smoke it. I'll be eating the rest I sliced up for supper.
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