Colorado’s Grand Valley to host annual carp tournament |

Colorado’s Grand Valley to host annual carp tournament

Brittany Markert
Carp, often considered a trash fish, will be caught by the dozen on Saturday, June 27, throughout western Colorado for the third annual Carpocalypse tournament.
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WHAT: Carpocalypse Fishing Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, June 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Lakes and rivers in Western Colorado, or whereever carp live

COST: $65 per person


Fishermen, grab your reel, rod and tackle box. It’s time to fish!

Western Anglers will host its third annual Carpocalypse Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 27. Fishermen will meet at the shop (413 Main St., Grand Junction) at 7 a.m. Then, anglers will head out to attempt to catch the biggest carp of the day. About 30 participants are expected. Day-of registration is available.

Fish can range anywhere from three to 25 pounds. The largest catch was around 29 inches last year. The largest individual total for the day was 71 inches of fish.

“We want to be able to highlight Grand Junction and what’s available right out the back door,” said Jeff McKenna, a Western Anglers employee. “Many think that fishing at the river or state parks aren’t good; but in reality, it’s a great place to fish for carp.”

The tournament costs $65 per person, and it includes an after-party at Palisade Brewing Company (200 Peach Ave., Palisade) at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the biggest common carp and the biggest exotic carp.

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According to McKenna, when he began fishing for carp 20 years ago, he used a standard trout fly and fly rod. Today, there are specific flies and rods for carp fishing. Common fly patterns include the backstabber, public worm, slough dragon, carp crack and prince nymph. The appropriate rod includes a six- to eight-weight rods, floating or intermediate carp specialty lines and 2X-3X tippets.

Carpocalypse participants should wear sunscreen, a buff, polarized sunglasses (as spotting the carp is one of the many tricks to catch the massive beasts), and wading boots.

Want to watch anglers reel in a big one? Head along the Riverfront Trail in Grand Junction between the Fifth Street Bridge and Connected Lakes State Park.

“You can get a front row seat to watch them work,” said Ned Mayers, owner of Western Anglers.

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