Idaho Angler Goes Bass Fishing and Lands State Record Carp Instead

by Quentin Blount

An angler in Idaho just recently brought in a 46.7-pound grass carp. That was good enough to blow the previous state record right out of the water.

It was fisherman Cris Endicott of Meridan who reeled in the 50-inch carp back on October 10. To do so, he cast out a twin-tail bass jig on the Snake River. Not only did Endicott take home the state record for rod-and-reel grass carp, but it’s notably larger than the records for both archery-caught and catch-and-release fish of the same species.

The Department of Fish and Game in Idaho officially announced the new record on Monday. It turns out that this record was actually broken by accident. The press relates states that Endicott had been fishing in the area for smallmouth bass. And since grass carp are mostly known for eating plants, this monstrous catch was definitely a surprise.

For those who might be interested, grass carp (ctenopharyngodan idella) are an herbivorous (plant-eating) member of the Cyprinidae family. It’s a large family of fish that includes all carp and minnow species. Furthermore, grass carp are native to Asia. While you can only find them in small sections of the Snake River, their cousins — the common carp — are much more numerous. You can find them just about everywhere throughout Southwest Idaho.

For those wondering, neither common nor grass carp are considered invasive in the state of Idaho.

Idaho Fishing Records Set in the Last Two Years

As so many of us know all too well, 2020 and even most of 2021 have been tough thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us have followed social distancing guidelines. That has left us cooped up in our homes, unable to go to various social and sporting events. Or even visit with family or friends for that matter.

On the bright side, that led to a record number of Idahoans taking trips in the great outdoors. Some of those outsiders went camping and hiking in Idaho’s beautiful state parks. Others went biking. And for some of them, fishing was their way to escape.

To put things into a little perspective, the state Department of Fish and Game saw a 10-year high in fishing license sales in 2020. That was a 15-percent increase from the year before.

Not only that but more than two dozen catch-and-release records were set last year. That’s by far the most in a single year since the state began keeping track back in 2016. In addition to that, there were also six certified weight records set in 2020 as well.

Although we are still in the midst of the pandemic, things have been slowing down and life is getting back to normal more and more with each passing day. So, we’ll see if the Idaho fishing boom continues even after the pandemic. So far, so good.