Miller Dam Flowage
here is what i got back in an email response from Jeff Scheirer at the DNR.
"In the impounded waters upstream of Miller Dam anglers may keep 15 panfish in total, but only 5 of any one species in May and June. The seasonally-reduced panfish bag limit does not apply to the Yellow River, either downstream from the dam or upstream from the impoundment. Anglers may keep up to 25 panfish daily in any combination of species in the Yellow River at any time and in Miller Dam Flowage from July 1 through April 30. At the location of the gray arrow on the screen clipping, the daily bag limit is 25 panfish year round. I hope this explanation is helpful."
this is what i thought to be true prior to reading the post on here. i sent him the exact location i was fishing and that is what he is referring to as the "gray arror on the screen clipping". Daily bag limit below the damn is 25 year round.
MOON PHASE (26%)
56° - 60° F
went out on Sunday 6/18 below the dam. Read the post from wildhorses and stayed on the side of caution and kept 5 bluegills (could have kept a bunch more) and 3 crappies. Bluegills were caught with a hook, crawler and float.nothing special but you have to find them especially when the water is high. any male over 9" was sent back into the water to protect the beds as most of the females still have eggs in them. crappies hit on hook, minnow and float. again nothing special. crappies are on the small side and i bet i threw back over 20 of them. they were abundant but the size is not there. few bullheads mixed in as well. i was the only one fishing on the south side and there were 4 people on the north side.
after fishing i emailed the DNR to see what they consider the flowage and where the boundary stops for the 5/5/5 limit. they sent me an outlined map of what they consider the flowage and below the dam is not included. he said without knowing my exact location he could not tell me for sure so i sent him a location. i am waiting to hear back on that yet.
from all of my experiences with fishing below dams they all hold different regulations from the main body of water. walleye fishing in the spring is the most common example. i am not discrediting previous posts as that is an answer the DNR may have given but from the map i was given from the DNR the dam is not considered a part of the flowage and does not have the 5/5/5 limit.
if/when i hear back from the DNR about my specific location i will post again.
MOON PHASE (12%)
71° - 75° F
61° - 65° F
Sorry for the late report. Fished yesterday from 12 to 6. Wife and i caught out limit of crappies 10 total with biggest being 12 incher. Kept all males let the females go. Kept 6 gills all males and biggest being almost 9 inches. Plus for a bonus fish a 17 inch walleye. Just the second walleye we ever caught there. All caught in 3 ft or less water.
MOON PHASE (72%)
61° - 65° F
Gonna be intresting to see if the 5-5-5 works at Miller.. Was out Sunday with my wife and kept 9 Gills. Could have destroyed them.. Fish everywhere. Its nice to see that they're trying to give this fishery a rest. Very nice size gills.