Again thanks for your welcome last night, Further about Burnt Mills Lake. I really don't know all the stats on the lake but it is such a beautiful body of water. My fishing buddy, who is not into computers, and I have talked about the Norfolk Lakes in Suffolk, Va. for some time and finally went twice in late May. We both are primarily kayak paddlers and have fished there for Bluegills by fly fishing. We did fairly good on both trips, nothing real big, but very enjoyable as in fun. we probably paddled a couple of miles up the lake and only saw one house. I'd say it is secluded!. However, I see on Google Earth that there are more homes further up the lake.
I hope this helps fill your request for info, if not just let me know how I may help.
The top fin , in the front, was like a crappie, the rays were fewer and farther apart and to the rear , the rays closer and also reminded me of a crappie's dorsal fin, but much larger of course.
all we had was a cel cam for the pics and of course i take my old Moto razr to the lake as to avoid ruining a costly smart phone. The old cel had 1.3 mpixel cam so considering the fish I am pulling out of that lake( 2 11 plus inch gills and a 12.25 inch in 2 trips and Cindy, my wife caught an8 lb largemouth bass , her 3rd over 6 lb this yr) I tell ya , 5this lake seethes with all manner of huge fish and its 80 acres up to 70 ft deep ( old strip minbe for coal). I caught a 22 and 28 lb channel cat back to back the first time I fished it and had the same luck since.
Thanks for the help and maybe description will help.
Thank you Jim. The lake I went to is special to me and although I know there are lots of big gills there I never connected but instead of letting the day go on with little or no success the Crappies were more than eager to please.Again thank you and I did truly have a blast.GOOD FINSIN to you Jim.
Jim, I am not getting into any fish. We went from Unseasonably warm to unseasonably cold. It has been outright frigid at night with heavy frosts for the last week and a half, and temps in the mid twenties. we did catch a few Hybrid stripers out of our pond but that is it.
Thanks for the advice Jim, I do hope my son and I can catch some lunkers this year. I know we will we usually always end up with several 10 +. It is sad that people do not appreciate true trophy size bluegill.. I firmly believe that over tens and over need to be released, hey, I think the smaller ones taste better myself. i am managing my second pond, we just had it put in two years ago, i feed religiously and i already have some really nice gills, but i will not start harvesting any bluegill for another three years. i want to get a good base in there, and i want to grow the monsters i had before. i raise the coppernose here in Ohio. Lots of folks do not believe they will live through a northern winter, but i have had no trouble with the. good luck this year jim catch a trophy or two. i will send you some pictures in the future. nice talking with you James Sampson
Jim, I too agree that this is a rare body of water. i have no intentions of loading up for a fry, i just want my boy to have a good day on the water. i am teaching him how to cull fish in our pond to manage it for large gills. in my pond and in any body of water i believe that one takes a picture of 10 inches and up. we cull 6 1/2 to 8 inch for a good gill fry. this lake used to be loaded with large bluegill, but they have stocked it every year for the past 15 yrs with rainbows and the panfish are disappearing. we just cannot catch any numbers.
Jim, i have been fishing a lake close to home that has proved itself to have large bluegill and red ear. they have a 15 fish limit on the lake. i am having trouble catching a limit. all of the fish are 10 inches or better that i catch but i cannot find any numbers. the lake is deep with steep drop offs. just wondering if you had any suggestions?