White Lake, Waupaca County

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11/8/16 @ 1:24 PM
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duckwidow
duckwidow
USER since 11/12/05

MOON PHASE (60%)
Waxing Gibbous

Catching major northerns close to shore.  Reminder you can keep 5 per day of any size.  The majority are stunted between 14 and 18 inches.  Please keep these.  If you want there to be a panfish population, the northerns have to be thinned down.  I can catch 5 in 15 minutes every single day.  When I clean them there will be baby bluegills and perch in each one.  This normally is not a problem but when there is hundreds of northerns per acre, there is little to no chance of frye becoming big.  Northerns overpopulated become stunted.  This has happened in the past and a few lake owners started keeping a bunch of small ones.  Within a couple years the average size was in the low to mid 20s.  They are very tasty.  Just google how to clean a northern without the y bones.

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7/21/16 @ 8:12 AM
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hockeybjj
hockeybjj
USER since 5/23/13

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waning Gibbous

Got out for the first time ever on this lake way late yesterday. Canoe finally in water at 7:45 then headed back in at 8:30 to beat the dark. Managed to catch three beasty bluegills which was pretty cool. Looking forward to coming back with more time. Also heard a lot of splashing around us, guessing small sunfish fleeing predators. Couldn't find my weedless spoon to throw out tho

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7/19/16 @ 3:09 PM
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duckwidow
duckwidow
USER since 11/12/05

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Full Moon

Troy thanks for clarifying.  Northerns go deep in the summer.


I think the rules are very clear on panfish.  But as mentioned good luck catching over 10 panfish total per person. 

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7/19/16 @ 9:50 AM
WIUPgamer
WIUPgamer
USER since 9/15/05

@ Gunsnbowses,

Please post a link to this "Panfish Plan intro page" you mentioned. I've been up and down the WDNR site and can not find it or anything which supports your apparent take on the rules. You posted: "You cannot keep 10 bluegills AND 10 sunfish on White Lake.

Although a Sunfish and a Bluegill are both PANFISH, and it is true many people use the terms Sunfish, Panfish, Bluegill interchangeably a Sunfish is NOT a Bluegill. They are two different species.  The WDNR defines PANFISH as: "Panfish (bluegill, pumpkinseed, sunfish, crappie and yellow perch)" I'm pretty confident Warmouth are in that group too.

Since each of these are a different species of the 'family' of Panfish then it would stand to reason that under the WDNR regs. for White Lake a person could keep 10 Bluegill, 10 Sunfish and 5 Yellow Perch.  Or any other combination of up to 10 fish from one species, not to exceede 25 total mixed bag.

This does bring up a issue when you consider all the hybrid crosses in the group Panfish.  But as long as each fish can be identified as a specific species I read the rules as 10 ea. , total of 25.

That said I have yet to bring home more then 10 home all season... but that is how the rule reads to this ole boy.

What is really distrubing is when the WDNR publishes regs. and does an inadequate job of explaining/defining those rules.  LOL

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7/18/16 @ 5:43 PM
Troy Stoeger
tstoeger
USER since 4/2/02

Absolutely not! I don't keep bass at all. I went with the intention of actually keeping 5 small pike but couldnt even catch those out there today. 

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7/18/16 @ 3:24 PM
duckwidow
duckwidow
USER since 11/12/05

Did you keep 5 bass?  The numbers are significantly down.  DNR definately has to look at lowering these limits.  As far as for me keeping my 5 small northerns each and every time out so they can actually grown and now eat so many small panfish.

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7/18/16 @ 1:24 PM
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Troy Stoeger
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USER since 4/2/02

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Waxing Gibbous

Out this morning from about 830-1130 targeting bass.... Ended up with 5, biggest at 17". Took awhile to figure them out, have never been on this lake before. Assuming they spray the weeds in there. Seemed like all of the submergent vegetation was brown and decaying. 

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6/3/16 @ 7:37 PM
Gunsnbowses
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USER since 6/17/01

Excellent point about the species limit, killgill. You cannot keep 10 bluegills AND 10 sunfish on White Lake. Right from the Panfish Plan intro page.

The term "sunfish" is often used in reference to panfish and collectively includes bluegill and pumpkinseed

It's disturbing people don't know the regs when they leave the launch.


Edited on 6/3/16 7:37 PM
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6/3/16 @ 12:42 PM
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duckwidow
duckwidow
USER since 11/12/05

MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent

I have never seen northerns stunted so much as now.  As evidenced by the fyke nets the lake is being infested with small stunted northerns.  Please take your 5 apiece each and every time out.  Let the big ones go to bring the good genes back.  There is no size limit.  Keep the 10 to 20 inchers and let all others go.  If you know how to clean without the bones in them they are very tasty.  This will also protect the panfish frye as with all the small northerns there is a ton of predation.

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5/22/16 @ 5:15 PM
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killgill_vol4
killgill_vol4
USER since 3/28/16

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Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

first day out for panfish this year, first day on white lake as well. took some time to find some gills. got out about 6:30-7 am and started jumping reed beds with a bobber, panfish (ice fishing jig) and a redworm. after an hour or 2 of nothing, i decided to try finding some deeper weeds, again having no luck. i went back to reed hopping and eventually found some BIG and aggressive gills. got my 10 just in time to be able to damn near smell my skin cooking. water temp was 68.4 when i got out there, surface temp in the reeds was 74 when i left.

the water being so clear still makes fishing the reeds much more difficult. the gills were quite skiddish when it came to movement or noise, so casting a bobber and jig into the open pockets was the only option and quite frustrating at times (instead of just dipping over the side of the boat as you go along)

also, in response to someones comment about the new dnr regulations for white lake:

I understood it as pumpkinseed and sunfish are under the same categorization as bluegills, so you cant keep 10 gills and 10 sunfish (or pumpkinseed).  either way, the gills i caught today were true bullheaded bluegills

Also, no more whining about driving an hour to come to white lake and 10 not being enough. on that hour drive through central wisconsin you probably passed 100 primetime panfish, northern and bass spots.

i agree with the 10 man limit for panfish species, but i also think the northern limit should be increased. as i was cruising around i saw lots of 10-15 inch northern that were completely unafraid of the motor or boat. they really affect the success of the spawns each year, no doubt.

Edited on 5/22/16 5:23 PM
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