Tri-Lakes Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 2, 2015
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton/Contributing Photographer

Unlike common, or German, carp, grass carp have no barbels (whiskers) and no downturned mouth. Grass carp, or white amurs, are actually the world’s largest minnow family members.

Would you like a salad with that?

Cherry tomatoes, lettuce, even french fries among favored baits for white amur

To catch a grass carp, toss a salad. Throw in some cherry tomatoes, some lettuce, celery, pea pods, a bit of watercress, some duckweed, coontail, pondweed and muskgrass. OK, so it’s not your regular salad, and chances are you never figured on using vegetables for bait. Don’t worry; grass carp will like it, just the same. These giant Asian minnows, also known as white amurs (Ctenopharyngodon idella), are vegetarians, you see. They shy aw... READ MORE

Natural State-style crappie fishing By KEITH SUTTON

On a recent trip to Lake Greeson near Kirby, three friends and I caught crappie after crappie after crappie. All the 50 fish we boated weighed more than a pound each, and about a third weighed between 2 and 3 pounds. That’s a nice mess of crappie.