Rico wrote:As a guy that pretty much fishes private lakes in the soft water season, it is a "Catch 22". I remember back to 20 years ago. Damn, I bet I brought home close to 200 gills. Got home around midnight and started cleaning. By 8 AM I had got them all done. Point being I aint like that anymore. I am a "table fare" fisherman. I got time and I have the resources. I can fish anytime I want. Any more I just get about 10 gills and call it a day. But if my freezer is stocked I dont go at all. All that being said, that is just me. And to each their own. If it aint illegal, then do what you want to. Hell, I dabble in illegal activities every once in a while!!!!! LOL But one thing I sure love is a good discussion. Keeps my mind sharp because I am getting old!!!!!!!!!
SkeeterJeff wrote:I should point out that we are not just fishing the bedded fish here. We typically start before the fish are on the beds and are catching them staged outside our pea gravel covered swimming area where they bed in about 7-10 FOW, mud bottom, in the weeds. This lake is full of 8+' red ear and bluegill. When fishing outside of the beds, we will either be catching 6-7" fish, or 8+" fish. It's like any other time. When the big ones move in, the small ones move out.
I am blessed with an excellent pan fish fishery here where 8+" gills and ears are the norm. As I have stated before, those of us that fish our private lake communicate our experiences and manage the fishery accordingly. As long as the fishery continues to produce like it has for the last six years, I have no qualms about and feel no remorse for taking some big ones out of here. I respect everyone's opinion no matter if it agrees with mine or not, but I have the right to my opinion also and just because we disagree doesn't make either of us right or wrong. There are no "rubber stamp rules" that work for every body of water in the state. What may be detrimental on some other lakes may have no effect, or a positive effect on my lake.
Notoriousjmc wrote:Good point. I think closing the season until after the spawn would eliminate the elimination of most of the trophy gills but would sure be lousy for us as anglers. Kind of a catch 22.
Prybis wrote:Notoriousjmc wrote:Good point. I think closing the season until after the spawn would eliminate the elimination of most of the trophy gills but would sure be lousy for us as anglers. Kind of a catch 22.
Bluegill spawn year round. Which spawning season are you planning to close? Also The Bull Gills will usually spawn earlier and in deeper water than the rest of the brood. While I think a limit will help, I am not sure a slot limit will.
Notoriousjmc wrote:Absolutely right and this was not a shot at you Jeff.
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