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Since there is a forum for the biggest BG that got away, I thought I would start one for the smallest. Today, after dragging a good fighter through the debris on the edge of the pond, I finally got it up above the water. It was about 1" long if you include the tail. It was even smaller than the fry we stocked about 6 weeks ago. It also dropped off the hook as I was staring at it. Lets see who can top that!

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Congrats Sharon! It takes a highly skilled fisherperson to hook one that small! ;-)
Beautiful!
that would have been funny. did you fish today?
I don't have any pics of these tiny ones, but back in the 70s on a family vacation, we spent a few days at a campground on Sheridan Lake, in the Black Hills. The campground was on a point in the lake, so I had water on 3 sides of me and was in fishing paradise :-)

Walking along the bank, I came upon a spot where there were a bunch of tiny 1 - 2" bluegill holding under some floating weeds up against the bank. Just for fun, I tied on a small shiny hook and started jiggling it in the water at the edge of the weeds to see if any would hit. After about 15 minutes I got bored of catching and releasing so many of them, not a one over 2 inches :-)

Then I got down to serious fishing and caught enough yellow perch for dinner every day we were there. One of my favorite childhood fishing memories. The campground host, who had a boat, would catch his limit of rainbows every afternoon. One day when he didn't feel like cleaning his catch, he gave them to me. They were delicious, and the only pink-fleshed rainbows I've ever seen. I wonder what they were eating to get that coloration?
Well, you beat me, but not by much! I was fly fishing a stock tank near the house I just moved from, and wasn't catching much. I lifted my rod tip, executed a nice back cast, and watched a little bream sail past my head, solidly hooked. About 1.5" long. I just let the line straighten, then cast him back out, then had to strip the line in so I could take the fly (a small dry fly, about a size 14, IIRC, that just about filled his mouth) away from him. From now on, I guess I'll have to take pix of the little ones, too!
you bet, we have to take all the pats on the back we can.
This is a picture of my bluegill when she was a baby! I don't believe I have any pictures from when I first got her but she was the size of a quarter , very small minnow! LOL  Although now she is 7inches!

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