I have a Guide friend who is an Expert on Geneva....doesn't post hardly at all any more... because of Naysayers on these threads. This Thread is for Fishing reports....so heres Mine>>>> Crappie are hot right now. find the warmest water and they're there. Yesterday I caught so many My shoulder hurts a little today...Sorry No pictures....Everybody on here knows what a Crappie looks like!!! I'll be out again Fri when the rain stops in the Mid-AM with a client who is "Very Excited to wet a Line". Minnows catch more and Bigger Crappies ( this week anyway...) But they also catch Northern...so be Careful. I use snelled Gold and Red Aberdeen Hooks..and that helps. Also these Fish are very active during a steady Barometer...A Fathead under a bobber 3 ft down in 6ft water....and I've been casting and retrieving small Jigs and Plastic....they like it moving just a little. Three more weeks of My Spring Special Folks!
No need to prove anything, just release, and report if you will. Haters and doubters will find another excuse to complain… the rest of us trust your catch reports.
I agree, even with a quality live well, fish continue to stress, and survival rate goes down. I've put perfectly healthy fish in a live well on constant pumping to see them not do well.
I run my livewells on my boat in the dog days of summer. Run the aerator every 1-3 minutes. They are big livewells. I still have fish that die in there. I can't imagine an aerator, with what I picture being a minnow bucket aerator, keeping enough oxygen and temps low to keep fish healthy.
We'll believe you if you post 20 pics of single crappies, no need to stress them out especially being pre spawn fish.
The thing to look at is the millions of 1 and 2 inch gills you see these are from last years spawn as they have not started this year. With the water temps at 58 I did see a few smallmouth on beds and saw a pair mating, walleyes are still shallow and pike are everywhere. What determines growth is how furtile the water is and the forage with Delavan being a fish factory and Geneva being less furtile the fish take longer to grow but will live longer. I use common sense and mother nature as my guide and know how old they are by their size. we all have thoughts on what is best and while they might not be the same we are trying to do the same thing. DF thanks for rerunning the pics I liked the family ones better those were released to from a real livewell we just wanted pics and autographs. I can say I have spent years learning about the fish, forage and the types of water they swim.
I agree with all stated as it is not the ideal handling method as it should have an airrator! I have another cooler setup just like that I use in the summer as to keep fish healthier if needing to be released but I have found as long as I change out the water every hr it's the best way without an airrator but the biggest reason for putting a few in in the first place is the same as Night Prowler sticking fish in his livewell that he is going to let go! Photos are proof and I have not seen one person who whould say taking 20photos of the same sized fish would prove the same... but I know I'm doing my best every time I'm on the water to care for the resource... what is everyone els doing?
"So you are being rewarded with great advice in exchange for the advice you have been giving others!"
Makes sense… if you are going to preach and push for something, ya need to accept getting called out for less than ideal practices you are undertaking. I agree, release them right away is far more responsible.
The whole cooler thing makes NO sense............... It's commendable if you are relaeasing them BUT if you were indeed that concerned then they wouldn't be in a cooler! So you are being rewarded with great advice in exchange for the advice you have been giving others!
D fish I like the cooler measurement with your own personal slot. Great idea. I personally release all bigger crappies as well. On my boat, anything over 12 inches can get a quick photo and go back in to spawn. as for a report, panfishing is hot and will get better as Temps rise.