Do you love big bluegill?
20170910----~~<")))))><(---*Post Summer Period*--47%/mid 60's
20170910-Saturday I made plans to fish with my wife Sunday afternoon’s major solunar peak… she would target the preds as always and leave the panfishing to me.
Sunday, she stalled all morning and finally decides she wasn’t going but wanted to stay home and mow the lawn! I was already late for the start of the peak! I decided to head to the quickest on the water access and was on the lake in less than 15 mins headed for my waypoints. The days target was the B.Crappie and secondary B.Gills.
Two of my favorite setups were pre-loaded with Lil-Minnow and Mid-Minnow. Within a handful of casts I was latched on to a monster SMB that produced one of the best rod and reel battles of my lifetime on the 5-6’ UL with 8# GLISS (2# mono dia equiv). at one point this fish was wrapped up in the concrete columns of the bridge it’s final jump just fell short of jumping into the boat! Finally got a net to her measured him up at just breaking the 20” class truly a fish of a lifetime for many… ive been lucky enough to break that mark over a handful of times.
A couple casts later a muscular LMB attacked the Long-Cast/.016 oz Jig/Lil-Minnow. Then shortly after a few more casts I set the hooks into a fish that took some line out deep with a dogging fight. I knew straight away it was a big Walleye. I horsed the fish in a little knowing there was rebar and broken concrete in the mix on the bottom substrate. The fish was quickly CPR’ed and released.
Letting the spot settle I decided to move to another known B.Crappie spot. I fished a popular laydown that extends visibly from the bank to 9-0’ FOW. I nailed a few Y.Perch with one extending over the 10” mark and a 80% rated R.Bass. the last fish on this spot was a B.Crappie in the 10” range. Not liking the Vertical-Jig/.016 oz Jig/Lil-Minnow and /Waxie presentations I moved to a weedy flat up river.
Intently watching the sonar I noticed quite a few stumps mixed in with the thinly populated weed bed. I tagged many b>Crappie up to the 12” mark in this location before I headed back in. the popular baits were Lil-Minnow and Mid-Minnow
All the fish were tagged during the Major solunar period from 16:00 – 19:30 pm
20170912----~~<")))))><(---*Post Summer Period*--18%/mid 60's
Did you observe any surface activities by bugs or signs of underwater bubble discharges by chance?
...fly hatches since Labor Day on a couple BOWs
no unusual bubble activity...
20170912-made plans to fish a local private lake with a decent panfish population to get 2 of my G’kids hooked up with some fish on the ULs.
The weather was fantastic!... probably the best of summer…. Calm, hot and sunny.
Water conditions were glass smooth, 72 degs surf temps but a significant algae bloom going on.
On an 18% Solunar slow bite day we caught few fish that reflected that percentage.
Brenden ended up with the largest LMB at 12” which was his first and PB tagged on the Long-Cast/.016 oz Jig/Apex Minnow in pink and white. Brenden is hooked on the Long-Cast/tiny jigs method.
I caught a few chunky B.Crappie up to 11” on the Mid-minnow mounted on a .032 oz jig.
My BFOTD came on the Long-Cast/.016 oz jig/Pink Waxie… a nice B.Gill in the upper 8’s
I've been noticing algae blooms on a couple lakes down here in my area. Is this normal for MI? I do know that we didn't get a lot of rain this summer, and a couple chains of lakes are all down about 12", and even the streams are that low.
Yep typical Michigan lake congested with homes around it’s perimeter with septic systems on small lots… nutrients leach into the BOW and causes excessive weed growth to absorb those nutrients. Weeds are harvested and chemically removed with herbicides and nutrients build up. By late summer early fall some of the annual weeds die off add a few calm sunny days and the algae growth takes off.
20170913----~~<")))))><(---*Post Summer Period*--14%/mid 60's
20170913-on a 14% solunar day one doesn’t expect to set the waters on fire with fishing efficiency and production… however I use the slow period to expand by exploring alternate areas on the BOW. This trip was no exception… expectations were not high. I hit some favorite waypoints initially no hitting on any particular pattern… fish seemed scattered some tight to the cover near shore or tight to edges. Not much schooling activity takes place during these times. I picked up a fish here and there. The Long-Cast/.016oz Jig/Waxie & Lil Minnow methods were key.
A good mixed bag of panfish were eventually tagged during this trip including Rock Bass, Blue Gill, Y.Perch and B.Crappie
Tagging a lunker B.Gill on the Long-Cast/.016 oz Jig/Chartreuse Waxie was the highlight of the afternoon