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Uksteve
Hi. Im looking for some big carp spots. Not to poach your spot but a little help of known big carp lakes. Any help would be really appreciated. I spend a lot of time in Neskowin, but I’m from Reno nv. So somewhere in between would be great. Catch and release only. Thank you.
 
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DG1959
About late June or early July go to Sauvie island and hike around the north unit.... best area was around the south west part. Sauvie island gets high water about then because the damns release a lot of water about then. I used to work a big ranch there and carp were thick in those high water ponds.
 
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Eazy-E
Devils Lake is right in that area. haven't been there in years but I do remember seeing what I would call monster size carp in a large school under a dock on the north side.. ive never fished for em.
 
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Eazy-E said:
Devils Lake is right in that area. haven't been there in years but I do remember seeing what I would call monster size carp in a large school under a dock on the north side.. ive never fished for em.
I looked all around devils lake Very little access tho. I was hoping they would have big carp? I was told there’s lots of grass carp there? But the locals said no common or mirrors tho. I find that strange.
 
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MikePierce170
Ya Devil's Lake only holds grass carp. They are illegal to harvest.
 
Shaun Solomon
Shaun Solomon
I went through a phase of chasing commons. First with bait, then with jigs, finally with flies. It’s been years, long before I moved to Oregon, so I don’t have any Oregon spots, but I can tell you what I consider an important aspect of chasing big ones.

Find lakes with clear water and low densities of individuals. When you find common carp in clear water and at low densities, you find big ones. Not sure why.

All of my big ones (over thirty) came from spots with clean water and very few individual carp. Town Lake (now Ladybird) in Austin, TX is spring-fed and cold. They get 40’s pounders there. There are giants in Lake Erie.

If I were looking for a giant carp, I would look for clean, clear, cold waters with a few carp. Sometimes the waters not even known to have them have a few, and they are inevitably gigantic. You might consider feeding them on a schedule. Not chumming, if you aren’t fishing you aren’t chumming. You’re just trying to get them to reveal themselves. You can always file away intelligence for use at a later date.

For some reason I bet the Metolius arm at Billy Chinook might be a place to look. Maybe not, just a hunch.

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