White Lake, Waupaca County

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6/3/16 @ 8:37 PM
Gunsnbowses
Gunsnbowses
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 8:37 PM
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6/3/16 @ 1:42 PM
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duckwidow
duckwidow
USER since 11/12/05

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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 @ 6:15 PM
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killgill_vol4
killgill_vol4
USER since 3/28/16

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Waning Gibbous

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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 6:23 PM
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5/21/16 @ 7:54 PM
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joker1995
joker1995
USER since 2/11/15

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Fished today with 2 other guys did very well got our 3 man limit of bluegills all ranged from o inches to 10 inches. This is a great lake to fish need to know how to fish it. Been fishing here for years and glad to see the gills are still here

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5/21/16 @ 7:00 PM
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Fatfish
Fatfish
USER since 4/16/06

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AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

In my opinion, the panfish population is struggling not because of over harvesting but from all the hammer handle northern in here. I probably caught 20 today targeting bass. Caught a few bass too but the pike got to be extremely annoying. These little northern will eliminate any fingerling bass or bluegill that do hatch.

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3/17/16 @ 4:13 PM
duckwidow
duckwidow
USER since 11/12/05
The problem with the panfish population is there are bluegills between 8 and 9 but that is it and their numbers are getting low. 3 bad years of spawning has caused this. The regs online explain the 25 fish with no more than 10 of each species. Lowering the limits should stop the lows of the population. It will provide for more bluegills so more food for the game fish. If 10 big bluegills is not enough than I guess you have to go to a different lake as it is the regulation effective 1 April 2016. I believe this experiment is happening across 25 lakes in Wisconsin. Can't knock it until we see the results. My 2 cents.

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3/17/16 @ 1:10 PM
FISH55555
FISH55555
USER since 3/17/09
What is the problem with the fish population

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3/17/16 @ 12:36 PM
south shore guy
south shore guy
USER since 5/12/08
I understand that I live 2.5 hours away. Have a cabin nearby. I'm bummed out with the new trout regs in waupaca. I only fish trout the first few weekends after opening. But I will reserve judgment until things run the course and we see the results in a few years.

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3/17/16 @ 11:49 AM
onlykeeper
onlykeeper
USER since 4/16/14
Nice if you live close to the lake. I have to drive an hour to get there, (when I can) and would like to keep enough for a few meals

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3/17/16 @ 5:42 AM
south shore guy
south shore guy
USER since 5/12/08
I've got a good appetite for fresh fish, but 10 filets from 7.5 or bigger gills is more than enough. Besides, it's 10 of 1 species. Example, 10 gills, 10 pumpkinseed and 5 perch. Nobody ever does it, but I see a lot of small gills kept when launching the boat and asking someone how the fishing was. I always ask the wife or kids, they tend to honest and like to show off their catch. Something has changed the panfish in this lake. I still suspect the spraying for milfoil.

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