In my neck of the woods the carp migrate up the creeks approx end of March. You'll find huge schools of quilback and redhorse in the clear early spring water. The challenge is hooking up with these guys when they feed on veg and tiny insects. Once you hook up dead drifting a nymph it's about staying hooked up with the gummy mouth of a quilback.
The pattern on the side of this smally makes me drool. These two pics are edited via magic.