They bite good but all are dinks. Me and friend caught probably 50 in a short time fishing gills. I doubt you will catch any to keep
I know this is long shot but honestly how have the crappie been biting? This will be the first time out with the boat this year. It's been in the repair shop . Myself & the wife hope to get a few this weekend for a nice meal. Thank you in advance for the honest reports. Photo for attention. Photo of me in my younger years .
Fished Friday night and Saturday with zero fish. Used crawlers, minnows and leeches. Saturday saw probably 12/15 muskys spawning and swimming under the dock, it went on for about an hour. Some were massive, it was awesome.
I agree that the big bull gills need to be put back. I mean if someone gets a giant then I'm not against mounting fish. However, I agree with everything you stated.
The first point I was making is because there is no "eater" panfish like the 7-8 inch gills, and 10-12 inch crappies, people are keeping the tiny 4-5 inch gills or whatever they can catch. Becuase of this there's no room to grow at all whether or not there are good genes.
The second point I was trying to make is that I believe people should only keep what they would need/eat. Like I find that 10 pan fish is perfect for myself and my family. That's 20 fillets. I find often that people keep 25 because they can and don't consider conservation at all. Not to mention the stupid "possession limit" which I'm sure over 90% of us are guilty of violating. That's another rant I won't get into.
Overall I believe lakes like Little Green need a slot limit. This lake is for sure not what it used to be.
Sorry to chime in as I know this can end up a sensitive topic for panfisherman. I read an article by a biologist, I believe in Infisherman maybe 3 years ago, that stated that keeping the larger bulls hurts a fishery. The reasoning was that when spawning, the bulls become territorial and the larger ones will push the smaller ones away and the larger genetics get passed on. Also, bluegills apparently only grow to the size of their competition. This means that if the biggest male is 6" then to take over as alpha the next male needs to only by slightly larger and then he stops growing. Likewise, if the largest male is 10" then the rest continue to grow to ultimately become the alpha.
The point that he was driving home was that only taking larger fish allows the smaller fish to become the alphas and they stop growing and when spawning occurs it passes smaller premature genetics for future generations. He also reasoned that taking a couple for a meal each time out wouldn't be detrimental as well as long as there are still larger bulls that not only pass good genetics but also challenge younger males to grow to challenge them. He said taking smaller gills does not hurt the population at all.
Is this true. I have no idea. I am just sharing what I read a few years back. It kind of made sense to me.