Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

My unlikely, two part fish story came this winter when I was looking for somewhere to fish. This winter was particularly difficult because here in Northern Illinois we only had safe ice for a week or two. Fishing was  limited to rivers where I never had any luck, let alone it was winter! Now many people know that the Chicago River had been polluted for many years and is still a fairly nasty river in most areas. Something that people don't know is that you can fish it. I'm not going to give specific spots but if you go online for power plants and/or poke around through some trees and look for small warm water discharges, you will find hungry panfish. Never had I driven further into the city to fish. Another interesting thing was that I hooked a 20+ inch pike in a small creek by my house on a tiny twister tail. Anyway, I'd like to hear some of's unlikely fish stories if you guys have them. Thanks

Views: 315


Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Looks like what I've found long the Santa Ana River, Reach 2 (Prado Dam in Riverside) to Reach 4 (Big Bear Lake). Water is polluted with urban run-offs, sanitary sewer treated water, and animal-human wastes contributed from various areas and sources. However, with wader and boots on, I found interesting results:


Electro-shocking throughout the spreading basin, and about 4 miles upstream from the dam:


Panfish: 8" to 12", up towards 1.8lbs.

Trout:  Brown and Rainbow, 4" to 16", up towards 3.5lbs.

Bass: large mouth, various sizes, largest captured was 9lbs.

Carp: variety of monstrous size!

Cat: bull, flathead, and channel found. Max weight of channel at 22lbs.

Along with crawdads, and plenty of baitfish

amazing that trout can live in that water!

As long as the water doesn't exceed a certain total suspended solids (turbidity) bacterial and fungal infection threshold, yes, the trout will dwell with ease. I wouldn't eat the fish though.

I hear you Jacob but it can't be that bad with Crawdads still surviving.

!  They probably couldn't without those Catfish and Carp  cleaning the river up somewhat. Leo-Watch out for the Bill Murray Baby Ruths!

LOL! I hear you.

You get to electroshock? ! Dude, ever since I was a kid, I've dreamt of tagging along with a state biologist while they electroshock a lake. It'd be so cool to see what floats up.

@john - LOL the Caddyshack reference. I wouldn't want to have one of those float up :)

Jonathan, you have to do it once as part of the bucket list. Why not contact the local DFG to work as a volunteer near by. You have to go through a 3 days, 2-hrs per session on safety and equipment training. I had an 8 hours course on proper handling and field safety, and yearly follow training. What a freaking pain, but it's the price to pay for fun in the sun. I wish I have money for the proper tools and licensing, but..who say I can't rig one up and go eletrocute-fishing.

To bad electro-fishing is illegal here in OK.  Only folks that can legally do it are the ODWC.

One day last Summer I was fishing my local river in the afternoon catching a few nice gills when I set the hook and the fight was on.....This fish took me directly into a nearby treetop and I couldn't stop him with my light action rod. I felt like I was getting him back out when the pole went limp and my head dropped in disgust.....I grabbed another rig and began to regroup revisiting that moment in my mind for some time to come........I continued fishing for a few more hours and decided to head for the house......Got the boat ready and began to idle out of this location that I call the Beaver Pond....I was nearing the mouth where the cut narrows and comes up shallow to 3 feet.....I glance down for no real good reason and a float similar to mine was next to the boat and moving a little...... I dropped into idle and reached out to grab the float but it pulled out of reach and went down.....Seconds later it surfaced again and I eased toward it and snagged it with my landing net.....To my surprise the nice bluegill was still hooked and dragging the terminal tackle....For his heroic efforts I released him and just shook my head all the way home.....That doesn't happen everyday!

Now that's a fighter! Love hearing those wonderful stories on the water. For a moment, I thought you would have snag a cat, carp, or even a gator.


Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Bob Gaines's photo

Lake Perris, CA

"Awesome fish and picture Bob!"
John Sheehan commented on Bob Gaines's photo

Lake Perris, CA

"Great Fish and Pic Bob !"
John Sheehan commented on DAVID L EITUTIS's status
"Tooty !How the Hell are ya? Catchin 'Biguns and finding quality Classic Gear I hope!"
John M. Grimes replied to Smoltz's discussion Full moon and the spawn?
"  I know I'm late to this discussion, but we fished yesterday 8/6/2020, 3 days after the…"
DAVID L EITUTIS posted a status
Bob Gaines posted a photo

Lake Perris, CA

This coppernose measured just over 11 inches. Catch and release form my float tube.
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Slip Floating
"Welcome Dave Schuyler !"
Aug 4
dave schuyler joined John Sheehan's group

Slip Floating

Last year (2009)was the first year slip floating for me and found it to be very effective.Would…See More
Aug 3
John Sheehan posted photos
Aug 3
John Sheehan left a comment for Marvin Morgan
"My Pleasure Marvin .I have learned a lot in the past 11 years since I've been on this site…"
Jul 29
Marvin Morgan joined John Sheehan's group

Slip Floating

Last year (2009)was the first year slip floating for me and found it to be very effective.Would…See More
Jul 28
Marvin Morgan left a comment for John Sheehan
"John, Thanks so much for the helpful info that you passed along to me....I appreciate your help.…"
Jul 28
John Sheehan commented on Marvin Morgan's blog post How to properly rig slip/fixed thill floats
"Checkout this Group here Marvin .Hopefully you glean what info you need from the activity there…"
Jul 28
Marvin Morgan posted a blog post

How to properly rig slip/fixed thill floats

While I prefer using slip floats, I would like to know how to properly rig both the slip and fixed…See More
Jul 27
John Sheehan posted photos
Jul 25
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo


"What we refer to as a Pumpkinseed ."
Jul 23
John Sheehan replied to chris's discussion favorite lures in the group pickerel fishermen
"4" Easy Shiner Swim bait kicks Butt retrieved slowly near bottom in 20-15' .Working great…"
Jul 20
John Sheehan commented on Josh Neugebauer's group Bass Fishing
"BBOTY so far; 19.5" 4,1/4 # Grabbed a 4" Swimbait .A deep late June  Fish…"
Jul 20
John Sheehan commented on chris's group pickerel fishermen
"Caught in mid July 26.5" ,4#9 oz.Pickerel BOTY so far"
Jul 20
John Sheehan commented on Sam k.'s group Trout Bums
"Grabbed a 4" Swimbait back in early May in around 13-7 fow."
Jul 20

© 2020   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service