The Crucian Carp (lat. Carassius) is a small member of the common carp family Cyprinidae. The Crucian carp can be found in ponds and lakes but rarely found in rivers. Crucian Carp vary in colour from gold to bronze but mainly have a brownish colouring across the back with gold or greyish sides leading down to white belly.
The Crucian Carp can spawn any time and even twice between the beginning of May and the end of July. All they require is warm weather. Natural food of the Crucian Carp include small crustaceans, insect larvae, zooplankton and fauna. The Crucian Carp reaches a weight above 1.58 kg (3.5lb). They feed on almost anything that lives in freshwater, from leeches to snail eggs, and daphnia to emerging insect life. The most common baits to catch Crucian Carp on are bread, maggots, casters, pinkies, worms.
The Crucian Carp gently nudge the bait to test it for hooks. For that reason the best way to catch Crucian Carp is to use the tiniest floats.