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Common Carp

Aquatic Nuisance Species

Minnow Family: This family comprises the largest number of fish in North Dakota, with about 30 species of minnows found statewide. These minnows all have a single dorsal fin. They can be an important source of food for other fish as well as birds and mammals, and in many streams they are a good indicator of water quality and ecosystem health.

Common Carp Identification

  • 2 barbels on each side of the jaw


Introduced carp have multiplied and occupy most North Dakota waters.

Carp root up vegetation and contribute to turbid water conditions detrimental to game fish and waterfowl.

Common carp are considered an aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota.