Carp, Silver (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)

Silver (local name)

The bighead carp is a freshwater fish, one of several carps. It has a large, scaleless head, a large mouth, and eyes located very low on the head. Adults usually have a mottled silver-gray coloration. Adults can be quite large. Record sizes occasionally approach 100 lb (45 kg)Note:There are two other species in the Hypophthalmichthys genus, the bighead carp (H. nobilis) and the largescale silver carp (H. harmandi).

Grows up-to  Max. published weight: 50.0 kg
Where to Catch Not Native but occasionally found in Sindh and lower Punjab Regions
When to Catch July – Octobar


Requires standing or slow-flowing conditions such as in impoundments or the backwaters of large rivers. Feeds on phytoplankton and zoo plankton. In its natural range, it migrates upstream to breed; egg and larva float downstream to floodplain zones. An active species well known for its habit of leaping clear of the water when disturbed. Swims just beneath the water surface.


It has been introduced to Pakistan from china initially for aquaculture because of its rapid growth rate but after sometime it spread into other water bodies via connected waterwaysAS

Angling Methods

Although they reach large size but they are difficult to capture with a rod and reel because of their filter-feeding habits.Silver carp are filter feeders, and thus are difficult to catch on typical hook and line gear. Special methods have been developed for these fish, the most important being the “suspension method”, usually consisting of a large dough ball that disintegrates slowly, surrounded by a nest of tiny hooks that are not embedded in the bait. The entire apparatus is suspended below a large bobber. The fish feed on the small particles that are released from the dough ball and will bump against the dough ball, with the intention of breaking off more small particles that can be filtered from the water, eventually becoming hooked on the tiny hooks.

Fight Characteristics

Silver carp is the real jumper because it swim close to water surface with slightest disturbance it leap out of water very similar to Mullets, once hooked it takes long runs and show continues leaping, It is also called the flying carp for its tendency to leap from the water when startled Interesting Note:Many boaters traveling in uncovered high-speed watercraft have been injured by running into the fish while at speed. In 2003 a woman jet-skiing in US broke her nose and a vertebra colliding with a silver carp and nearly drowned, In another example, a teenager’s jaw was broken by a silver carp while being pulled on an inner tube. Water skiing in areas where silver carp are present is extremely dangerous.

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