The best way of catching cold water carp is by using 12-16mm fruit-flavored baits on the simple hair rig or the pop-up rig. You can significantly up your chances by fishing in deeper water during the day and in milder weather conditions. Drop-offs are a real hot spot for cold water carp and should never be disregarded.
Cold water fishing
The best ways to catch cold water pike include slower spin fishing with inline spinners, crankbaits, and soft baits close to the bottom, as well as float fishing and bottom fishing with dead or live baitfish in deeper water and over drop-offs.