A Bluegill Vacation

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Sep 16 2015, 04:53 AM #1

My granddaughter, Zoe, and I caught over 36 bluegills. They were 9-11 inches in size. Amazingly the best and really only place to fish was off of the dock. The fish came in at about 7:30 in the evening and were biting until 9 pm. I caught 9 largemouth bass this way but they were only 10-13 inches. Michigan requires bass to be 14 inches in length. Riley took me out in the boat but other than two largemouth that were of the same size as those caught from the dock there was no action.

I used two presentations. One was a basic crappie rig. The other was a number six or eight hook under a pencil bobber. For most of the week, I used nightcrawlers and pieces of them. After going to a local bait shop on Wednesday which was our stormy day, I learned that wax worms was the real item. I bought one container and I should have purchased two. The gills could not grab them fast enough. Zoe and I ran out of them. We then went to very small pieces of nightcrawler that were the size of the wax worms. That worked until dark. While we had more throw backs with these grubs, the action was fast and fun.

Here are a few pictures. Unfortunately De did not get any of Zoe fishing.


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Oct 26 2015, 07:11 PM #2

Holy Mackerel, How did this post hide from everybody for so long?

9 - 11" bluegills are a good size. I bet those gills gave you and Zoe a good fight, especially when they turn sideways. That pot of cleaned bluegill sides looks like good dinners to me and catching 36 of them had to give you more than a few good dinners.

If I remember right, bass only had to be 10" to keep when I fished for them, but then I have not fished in 40 years.WOW! I can't believe it's been 40 years. Time sure flies

How old are Zoe and Riley?

De takes nice pictures. Just missing Zoe and Riley.

What lake were you on?

Thanks Dennis
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Oct 28 2015, 12:02 AM #3

:ThumbsUp: Thanks for sharing! Makes me hungry for panfish! I wonder if any are still in shallow enough to sure fish around here. Man can't live on venison alone!
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Nov 4 2015, 04:02 AM #4

Chuckgrmi @ Oct 26 2015, 02:11 PM wrote: Holy Mackerel, How did this post hide from everybody for so long?

9 - 11" bluegills are a good size. I bet those gills gave you and Zoe a good fight, especially when they turn sideways. That pot of cleaned bluegill sides looks like good dinners to me and catching 36 of them had to give you more than a few good dinners.

If I remember right, bass only had to be 10" to keep when I fished for them, but then I have not fished in 40 years.WOW! I can't believe it's been 40 years. Time sure flies

How old are Zoe and Riley?

De takes nice pictures. Just missing Zoe and Riley.&nbsp;

What lake were you on?

Thanks Dennis
Zoe is 12 and Riley is 9. Bluegill fight, for their weight, like northern pike IMO. Those gills are a great tasting fish. They rank up there with perch and walleye. As we love eating fish, that was about two dinners unless it was just the three of us. If anyone hears that we are having fish, the table fills up.

Bass now have to be 14 inches which I believe is a mistake. That was done to appease the Bass Tour folks and the Bass Angler clubs. I now find that area lakes are filled with stunted bass.

The lake in the picture is Island Lake on the north end of Ogemaw County. It is a small lake but the scenery is great. The Good Lord Willing, we will be back there next August.
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Nov 4 2015, 04:12 AM #5

AFarCry @ Oct 27 2015, 07:02 PM wrote: :ThumbsUp: Thanks for sharing! Makes me hungry for panfish! I wonder if any are still in shallow enough to sure fish around here. Man can't live on venison alone!
Don
Around here they seem to go deeper after the first freeze. After ice up, they can sometimes be found near the shallows cruising around weeds for oxygen and food. The pike are then often in the same area looking for the gills!
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Nov 13 2015, 03:30 PM #6

WOW!!! Those are nice size, Dennis. Wish I'd been there with ya. :fishing:
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