Do you love big bluegill?
I got 11 at my local ponds tonight. Could've done more, maybe, but I forgot to bring a light and the last fish swallowed the hook deep and I had to cut it off. It was too dark to see to tie on another and the moon wasn't high enough in the sky yet to use that :p
None bigger than 6 inches - these ponds that seemed just about devoid of fish 2 years ago are now jammed full of aggressive, small BG and there also seems to have been a bumper crop spawn of LMB this year ; 3-5 inch baby bass are everywhere and I've caught and released a bunch of them while fishing for bluegill.
Just guessing by the huge number of small and highly aggressive BG in there (actually, one of those 11 was a small female RES with eggs; didn't know they were even in there) that there aren't enough bass in there to keep the BG in check. These ponds are totally unmanaged, their main purpose is groundwater recharge ponds. Fishing is a side thing, and I don't know if the fish in there were even officially stocked or if people just put them there. I've seen one or two carp, lots of turtles, never seen a catfish, or heard of one being caught there.
So, since there seems to be kind of a dearth of bass, I stand in for them by keeping every BG I catch there, no matter how small. Since I'm moving away in two months I'll never reap any future large BG that develop as a result of my efforts, but I hope somebody does and puts them back in the reproduce. The biggest of these ponds is probably 5 acres, are less than one acre each, so they couldn't take much harvest of large BG.
Don't know how deep they are and tubing isn't allowed (OTOH, off-leash dogs and RC boats aren't allowed either, but people do that all the time and get away with it, so I probably could, too, esp. in the evening :-) The ponds are currently weedier than I've ever seen them (can't set my float deeper than 2 feet even 20 or 30 feet from shore or I'll catch weeds), which is providing tons of cover for the little 'gills, too.