Overhanging trees and reeds
can be common along a river so you may need to find those that have further
potential to them. As an example, overhanging bushes or trees that are in
places where the river meets another water body may be productive features.
The currents often help deposit food sources around the edges where both the
flows meet together.
Weed beds and lily pads can be some great features to find on rivers as well
as in many lakes. The weed beds help “catch” and hold food items in place,
thus, there is a reason why carp may come back to visit them on a regular
Fast flowing water can be great places in the summer, the water gets
oxygenated at these places and as a result draw in many carp.
Weirs can also be a productive feature for carp fishing on rivers as well as
large groups of moored boats. These offer carp some security and warmth, as
well as food sources so don’t be afraid to fish by moored up boats,
especially during the colder months as boat owners may not use them as much.
This makes these areas fairly quiet for carp to become settled for a few
Fishing the river margins can produce good results to. River margins will
often drop-off quickly to form a shelf where food items can gather together
and provide fish with regular supplies of food. Placing a fishing rig at the bottom
of the shelf can produce numerous carp catches.
Other areas that can gather food items are in the snags. Margin snags on
rivers will hold food items as they try to pass through. Snags also provide
good shelter for many river carp. Learn more about
fishing for carp in snags.
Remember that seeing carp jump out the water may not be the best way to
select where to fish. On a river the carp can move out very quickly. I feel
it may be best to stick to those features that have the potential to hold
carp, such as those which offer a regular food source or coverage rather
than waiting to see fish jump. By all means, cast to fish that jump once you
are fishing, but I wouldn’t use that sight as to where I choose to set up.
As a baiting tactic, I feel it's very important to pre-bait a potential swim
2 or 3 days before fishing the river. This is a great way to hold any
passing carp in your chosen area. Pre-baiting also helps to "clear" the area
from the smaller fish, and you can then present a bait better for when carp
Keep in mind that river carp are much more active than those in lakes. This
is because they need to constantly adjust themselves due to the water
currents, and means they need to ingest more energy, and thus food. For this
reason, a very good spot that provides them with regular food will be a
potential river hotspot!
Fishing Methods for Early Springtime
How Deep of Water Do Carp Prefer to Patrol in?
Snag and Tree Carp Fishing Methods
Roam to Catch Carp or Best to Bait Heavily
Mid-Water Techniques for Catching Larger Carp
Margin Fishing for Huge Resident Carp
Best Way to cast to Showing Carp
How Many Times Should I be casting out Rigs?
How to Catch Carp Never Caught Before
Deal With Crayfish
Problems On New Waters
Ways to Improve Better Bite Indication on Bobbins
Applying a New Carp Bait
Fishing for Carp in Rivers
Big Carp in the Spring
Location in the Summertime
Large Carp in the Cold Winter
of Most Carp in Autumn
Case for Quality Carp Bait
Fishing Tactics for Snags & Trees
Boilie Placement on the Hair rig
Different types of carp rigs to use
Attempting to Catch Wary Carp
A Carp's Digestive System in Detail
Baiting Tactics When Fishing
The Various Carp Bait
used to Catch Bigger Carp
When to use Pop-ups or Bottom Bait for Carp Fishing
complete a Baiting
Campaign on Lakes & Ponds
Basic Carp Fishing
Baits Used to Catch Large Carp
Fishing Tactics when Fishing for Carp during Long-stay Sessions
Advice & Articles on How to Fish for Big Carp