Dont hurt my bass lol
We fished Saturday on Pokegama for about 4 hours. Landed a mixed bag of perch, gills, and crappie. Two of us caught about 20 fish, half were keepers (we throw them all back). We really didn't try very hard as it was too cold to move around. We were marking fish the whole time but the bite was really good from 3:30 to 4:30. I would say the fishing has been just slightly slower than past years, but we have had so much really cold weather, I'm not surprised.
I believe there are cycles. 4-5 years ago we caught lots of really nice crappie. Last couple of years the gills have been better. This year has been a real mixed bag.
From what I gave seen the 10 panfish limit gets larger crowds and draws more people to the lake. Look at Menomonie's great fishery!
No one complains about getting 10 quality panfish in a Menomonie which is a good meal anyway.
Resorts always say limits affect thier bookings. I think the resorts should push for a better fishery management and also spruce up thier cabins and they will see people flock to the lake. People want to fish a good lake in a comfortable resort.
The Birchwood area resorts are doing fantastic with the controlled panfish limits like someone else said.
Remember let the Gills 9" + Bluegills go to save the genetics.
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My family use to have a seasonal trailer in chetek for about 20 years. 7 years ago we moved to birchwood for our fishing and never looked back. Big chetac has a 25 pan fish limit with only 10 of which can be bluegills. The size structure of gills on big chetac has greatly benefited compared to chetek. It didn't do ant thing to the tourism, it's expensive and has 100% booking rates. Systems such as these should do something to limit over harvest of large gills. But leaving ample opportunity for other fish such as crappies and perch. The lakes in southern wisconsin like the madison chain could greatly benefit from this model of limiting species with the aggregate bag of 25. This is not for every system either since some don't have the opportunity to fish others species in any quantity or quality. The dnr seems to be pushing for a 5,5,5 type limit, this would be detrimental to tourism.
quite the disccussion. While I have not fished this fall or winter due to major heart surgery, I feel that some points may be right others off. I started fihing year ago when the was a 100 limit, then 5o. Bought our resort when the limit was 50 and heard the complaints(from guests) then about how the locals take all the fish in the winter. Why do the limit us staying for a week. Then 25 hit and so did the complaints. lost some guests. This lake is a great producer of panfish and bass. Ever look at the bass as being one of those fish targeting panfish. notherns never mentioned but they do not get to the sizes I have heard about. or seen eating nothing but plankton. There is a reason Bass are not welcomed in waters with eyes, they eat alot of fry and only a very few are kept to eat. Nelson Lake at hayward is a prime example of the DNR saying bass have hurt the eye population. that is why they have a catchem, we'll fryem for the last several years. Crappies and gills do go thru cycles, same as eyes. Caught some real nice crappie last spring. best in about 4 years. As to gills, 9 inch and larger should be thrown back since they are the genetics of the future. As to a 10 fish limit you will kill tourism or at least hurt it significantly.