Do you love big bluegill?
Has anyone else seen a bed yet? I know a lot of you guys are still getting snow and have ice on the water but for those of you in the deeper south- any sightings?
Pretty sure I found one on 3/9 but I've never seen them bed this early. Supposed to be 38 here tonight but we've had days touching 80 in the last week. Need to check water temp for reference but haven't yet. I'm sure someone out there knows if spawning is a photo response, moon phase response, or water temp response- or some combination.
Please help me understand.
McScruff, that makes a lot of sense. Thank you for the insight. These fish were definitely in a feeding frenzy and caught all of them in a spot the size of a 3 foot circle. I have only been bream fishing 4 or 5 times in the last 10 years; until this week and the first two days have given me the FEVER!! Growing up I went every weekend, then life happened. Man, it is good to get back into it.
Thanks again for the info!
I know the area well and you are exactly right. It is a 7 acre pond that I drained and rebuilt in 2012, stocked in 2013, and started fishing 4 days ago. The area I was fishing was next to a fallen tree in 2' water and it is 50' to water that is 12'. I was a little late getting the bream stocked (Feb) and added the bass in May. With a dry fall in 2012, it took longer than expected to get the water up enough to stock the pond. It is totally fed by rain runoff. I've been feeding purina aqua max since day one but have never seen a fish other than carp or mosquito fish eating at the feeder. Its at the deepest part of the pond with little cover other than the dock. Working on a few fish attractant ideas to put out in front of the feeder- thinking that will encourage use by our fat little butter bean friends.
The pond was limed last fall, just waiting for the temp to get up enough to add fertilizer. Thanks for the advice.
Yep. I wasn't aware this was your own pond until the previous post. Sounds like you've got it covered.
you might be seeing last years beds.they will most likely use this same area this year so keep checking.water temp where i live is key,can find spwners from may til august in no illinois but june is usually the main event.most times around the full moon.
For the last two weekends, the surface temperature of my pond in deep South Alabama has been 60 or 61 degrees at noon.
I was not really looking for them but I saw no new beds Saturday.