Got out late today still managed 10 crappie and 10 gills by 1pm. The crappie were 10 to 12 and all the gills were around 9in. Warm and beautiful day to be out.
Miller Dam Flowage
MOON PHASE (2%)
Below 0° F
Went out this weekend (6a - 5p) and braved the -20+ degree temps. 14" of ice. 14 flags (6 landed) and about a dozen pan fish.. one dandy bluegill included. C/R. A lot of the northern are quick striking tip ups and drop minnows right away. Quick hook sets (still on first run) were much more successful.
The crowds now days may be smaller on a day to day basis, but when the bite gets hot everyone knows thanks to social media. Now days everyone has some sort of electronice fishing device (if I forgot mine I would just go back home) which is a total game changer for everyone. Neither one of these things were available or as easy to come by 25 years ago. Old timers kept there mouth shut for the most part. Now there is nothing wrong with keeping a meal of fish, but when there are huge crowds of people flocking because the Bull Gills are going a foot under the ice (the males are bigger) and all these people are leaving with pails full its bad for the lake. I disagree with the cycle statement. Sure there will be better year classes than others, but if a majority of these big panfish are left in the system the genetics will also stay. There are examples of lakes that have been managed as panfish lakes and are successful in Minnesota mainly. In my opinion Miller is a panfish lake pretty much exclusively. My 2 cents, sorry I started such a rant. Back to fishing. Keep pictures and fishing reports off social media for at least 2 weeks after successful outtings and the lazy fisherman will have fewer outstanding days. I posted a picture of a well known guide in the Hayward area spreading a message.
6° - 10° F
Joined the crowds on Sunday, had a great day. THe Wife was banging big crappie and bluegill, while I had just two runts. I switched from a white jig to same color as her, yellow and red, and I started catching nice fish. We left with 14 very large bluegill and crappie. Only 3 flags, no connections. Couple of basic comments on fish populations (my degree is Biology). You can not stockpile wild game. In any lake, particularly in temperate zones such as ours each fish species tends to cycle or fluctuate in year class numbers primarily due to spawning success, or lack of, each year, which is weather dependent at the time of spawn.
MOON PHASE (72%)
LL post needs a like button, lol. Think we're all on the same page as far as our thoughts and opinions, which most are well said and good. My biggest thoughts are it seems the populations of people that fish today seem to be getting less and less compared to say when I was a Wee Tot and you'd go to places like Miller Dam given the conditions and time period and see more people fishing or indication's of it then we do currently. Same could be said in comparison to the WI. Deer Rifle Season with less license sales. So my thoughts are what cause/effect over the years caused this change the I notice. Thing is, issue's that we post and discuss can all stem back or relate to our population of those fishing or hunting today versus history. Like Cancer, I'm 50 and when I was a teenager I rarely heard the word. Now today you take one topic like Selective Harvest in comparison and it's blasted all over social media, publication's, video, and TV. Why is it that these issue are more frequently heard and seen is what I deal within my own personal thoughts. I feel I'm old enough and have enough experience to speak my mind on site's like LL, but then again one's after thoughts is why bother and stick to comments and post those want to hear if one can't make a difference for the better of all.
Lol, good day to vent things about fishing on my mind on a social media site. Almost lost track of time and have to get ready to go to my groups Bear Feed!!! Good thing I baked before hand.
Interesting how things change as fishing studies shed more light on things,
eperts used to say dont keep the big females. Now all are saying you need to release the big male gills to spawn and protect the nest. Read an articule that said the majority of the big males are harvested then smaller male spawn without having to grow to the bigger size and when the energy is used in spawning the growth rate slows, and overall size structure goes down. Don't kow if its all true or applies to all bodies of water but made sense to me.
Personally I have stopped keeping the bigger males and females during prespawn, as one of the Linder boys said on a recent show the differance between an 8 in gill and a 9 in gill is about a forkfull.
Don't hate on anybody for taking there limit of whatever size fish that is why there are bag limits but I am just treating the bigger panfish as I treat bigger size game fish as the trophies they are. Good Fishing all