You're right, Robbie...you can catch gills all winter long at Richmond Mill! We have taken gills in Maryland in ponds with water temps at 38 degrees in mid-January, and big fish...up to 11.75 inches. And my son and I got numerous crappies up to 15 inches at RM in the mix, but they were a little higher in the water column and prefered the Rapala crankbaits.
Wow, that's crazy! I popped a couple big ones off of them with Dave on a very rough cold front day in November. I guess we'll have to see how they pan-out in relationship to the natural structure in the lake. We had a 30 degree drop in air temps in an 18 hour period but I still managed 23 gills over 10 " and 17 over 11, with three 2 pounders. Quite a testament to the management of this lake when you can catch fish like that in absolutely horrible conditions! Excellent!