The Stream Doctor

December 20th, 2004

Email YOUR Questions directly to the Stream Doctor. This is your opportunity to get an experts professional opinion on anything stream related.

Q. I am from the mid-west just outside of Chicago. What food or forage found in creeks, rivers, and streams does the common brown carp eat? I am a fly fisherman and have presented every type of fly under the sun and cannot get these carp to take anything. Is it true they only forage on plants etc, etc, or will they eat the natural insects found in these small waterways, and what are they?

A. Carp are largely omnivorous suction feeders, vacumning up the soft bottom as they cruise the soft sediments. Although ingesting mainly vegetation, they will take any insects that get sucked up during the process. Some species such as the grass carp feed exclusively on aquatic vegetation; they are purposely planted to help control nuisance growths of vegetation in water bodies.

If you have a question, please feel free to contact me.
~ C. E. (Bert) Cushing, aka Streamdoctor
105 W. Cherokee Dr.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: 970-577-1584

The 'Stream Doctor' is a retired professional stream ecologist and author, now living in the West and spending way too much time fly-fishing. You are invited to submit questions relating to anything stream related directly to him for use in this Q & A Feature at

If you would like to comment on this or any other article please feel free to post your views on the FAOL Bulletin Board!

Previous Stream Doctor Columns

[ HOME ]

[ Search ] [ Contact FAOL ] [ Media Kit ] © Notice