Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

My "pa in law''has three beautiful ponds. You can catch bluegills all day long .but they're all the same size,small! How can I manage the ponds to get some nice gills ? I am sure this has been brought up before but I am new here .Thanks

Views: 427

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

can you get on chat so I can talk to you?
Never done the chat thing, but I could try. Honestly though, you probably want to ask a person who is more knowledgeable about these things than I, like Bruce. How would I get on chat?
click on chat instead of forums
You need more predators. You can stock more bass, though it will hurt the average size of the bass; another method, which will not hurt the bass size, is to stock a few northern pike or tiger muskie, two to four per acre. If you live in the North tiger muskie would be better because they're sterile and can't spawn; in the South the pike won't be able to spawn either. I've used this method more than once to thin out overcrowded sunfish populations. Don't stock flathead catfish though unless the lake is very large, thirty or forty acres or more, because they get much bigger even than muskie and have a larger gape and will eat down the bluegill and bass both.

Feeding per the Pond Boss thread will also make a big difference, though population correction is job number one right now for you.
how many bass do you have in there and other types of fish?
Dale, she told me in our chat that she stocked 8 channel cats in there up to 16". Am I remembering correctly Sharon? No bass. I suggested more cats and that her 1/4 acre pond would sustain a few bass as well.
Catfish won't thin out an overpopulated bluegill population. Bass won't unless stocked in large numbers.
I'm not sure about the CF, that is just what I've seen during feedings. There are only a few 5" BG in there that I have caught. Don't know where any bigger ones would be if there are any. I put in 150 fry in myself. Doesn't seem overpopulated with BG at the present time, but I do wonder what happened to all the big BG. As far as I have been told, no one has put any new fish (except the 150) in there for 10 years, and they only catch CF to eat. In such a small pond, wouldn't bass eat every BG in there?

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Citation Flier in the Bluegill Hole…5/21/2022

"Thanks John....alot of it would qualify as useless trivia but if at least one person likes it I…"
18 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Citation Flier in the Bluegill Hole…5/21/2022

"Nice Fish and love the observations Jeffrey!"
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Citation Flier in the Bluegill Hole…5/21/2022

"Once this fish leaves the shallows, a new tail will grow and often looks better than the…"
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Citation Flier in the Bluegill Hole…5/21/2022

"You can tell this fish has been shallow for a bit, tail already worn way down….."
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
22 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
22 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
22 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Second consecutive day of triple digit heat index….took a friend for the first time, mixed a bag of 66 fish in less than four hours…"
22 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

What Time is It…..lBluegill Time…5/18/2022

"Thanks Troy…..exciting time to be an angler…."
Thursday
Troy Dorman commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Rebounding from back to back cold fronts this week, but the Full Moon is over powering so the gills are moving in….63 late today on crickets"
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Another Fat Cracker…….5/15/2022

"Any time Bruce.....Jeffrey"
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

UL Cranks and Jigs

"Nice variety...."
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

Micro Lite Crankbait Caught

"Snap Bean strikes again! Nice John...."
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

13" Aggressor on the 48th oz. Jig

"Predator Strikes......"
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

48th oz Jig gets the Hen

"Nice Fish John......."
Tuesday

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service