Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

Earlier this year on the way home from a fishing event, one of my partners invited me and a friend to observe a private pond near his home in Southeastern Wisconsin.....I was informed that this pond had been stocked with hybrid gills...Never having caught a specifically stocked hybrid gill, I was stoked at the thought...............After a short ride in a golf cart, we arrived to see a very nicely landscaped perimeter and a beautiful 2 acre pond. The water had been obviously treated with aquashade and had a blue hue.....Still having 1/4 oz... deep water spoons tied on, we threw frantically into the deep blue....the very first cast brought no takers, but more than a dozen very large specimens pursued the spoon similar to several football players running up field in a flying wedge.

We eventually scaled down to 1/16th oz spoons and brought a few in for inspection....these fish were big, had length 10-11"+....but were thin shouldered. The pond also contained a healthy Largemouth population....These fish were pellet fed when we were there, and the water boiled.....due to the absence of body mass, I would guess they were also under-fed.

The landowner was not present when we were there, so I had a lot of unanswered questions about this pond.......The video footage that I captured that day was accidental.....I had the camera strapped around my neck and never knew it was on.

Views: 48

Attachments:

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Thank you for the great blog, Musky Mod.

I'm just speculating, but I believe the low relative weights of the hybrids had to do with the aquashade.

Aquashade makes for pretty water, but it also pulls the rug out from under the food web. Poor phytoplankton production means lower capacity for zooplankton production. This means that there's very little in the way of invertebrates for lepomids like BG X GS to consume. If you couple that with the fact that the hybrids themselves are probably not producing many young to cannibalize, then you have a situation where you need to provide artificial feed on a regular basis to prop up the hybrids' body condition.

I've never seen ultra-clear water in combinations with high Wr sunfish unless there was either a very low population density of sunnies, or there was a high intensity feeding program.
Right on! Colored water is good for swimming pools or Kool-Aid but not for growing healthy fish. A pond without some algae or grass is probably infertile.
Would you then say Bruce that cloudy water like mine is better for BG, both for hiding and for the above things to eat? I hope so, because it seems to be cloudy 365 days a year.

RSS

Latest Activity

John Sheehan commented on Troy Dorman's photo
Thumbnail

2lbs and 1lb10oz

"Beauties Troy!"
15 hours ago
Troy Dorman posted a photo
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Troy Dorman's photo
Thumbnail

2lbs and 1lb10oz shellcracker

"Great cracker daily double! Congrats Troy….."
21 hours ago
dick tabbert commented on Troy Dorman's photo
yesterday
Troy Dorman posted a photo
Friday
John Sheehan replied to John Sheehan's discussion Lure Histories in the group Lure History
"This year my old Rattle Traps have been catching again in the 3",1/2 oz, and 3,5",3/4oz…"
Friday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Lure History
"The Rattle Traps over the windy flats have called Fish up and done well. 2 mid sized and two…"
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Lure History
"Here are some Classic Baits I've thrown this Year (2024) so far.  "
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Lure History
"Here are some Classic Baits I've thrown this Year (2024) so far.  "
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Lure History
"Here are some Classic Baits I've thrown this Year (2024) so far.  "
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Lure History
"Here are some Classic Baits I've thrown this Year (2024) so far. "
Thursday
John Sheehan posted photos
Thursday
dick tabbert commented on dick tabbert's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_0194

"Thanks Tracy."
Thursday
tracy willis commented on Troy Dorman's photo
Wednesday
tracy willis commented on dick tabbert's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_0194

"toad!!"
Wednesday
dick tabbert posted a photo

Big rubber soider

Prototype of a big rubber spider 3x3" with a #4 2xl hook.
Wednesday
Troy Dorman commented on Troy Dorman's photo
Thumbnail

Vince with two nice ones

"Thanks, Jeff! Yes, he's soon to be 16!"
Wednesday
John Sheehan commented on dick tabbert's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_0180

"Ah! That's the Mustache!"
Wednesday
dick tabbert commented on dick tabbert's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_0180

"This is the one I caught the perch on. Mushtache Minnow."
Wednesday
dick tabbert commented on dick tabbert's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_0194

"John, it's a mess but as soon as the mustache minnow gets wet it takes on the looks of a…"
Wednesday

© 2024   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service