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April 2008 Blog Posts (4)

Progress notes on Dad's trophy bluegill pond.

I don't know if it's the barley straw or the aeration system--or likely both--but right now the pond has secchi readings of over 3 meters. This is unheard of on any of the ponds on my farm. I have some Earthtec ready and available for the beginnings of an algae bloom, but maybe I won't have to use it for awhile. The fish are all basically still tiny. Way too little to provide a fishing experience. Maybe we're close to two years away from having a good fishery.



249 bluegill that are… Continue

Added by Bruce Condello on April 28, 2008 at 7:00pm — 32 Comments

Harvest strategies

In most ponds, if you want to support a population of trophy bluegill it will require some sort of harvest strategy. While it is true that vast populations of smaller, lower Wr largemouth bass can prop up a quality bluegill fishery, there are things that you as an angler can do to promote the possibility for the bluegill of a lifetime.



Most experienced bluegill anglers have seen high densities of agressive, nest defending males during the springtime. If you sneak up on these fish you… Continue

Added by Bruce Condello on April 25, 2008 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Pond Boss magazine and forum!

Pond Boss magazine is a terrific resource when it comes to enhancing your pond for growing big bluegill! If you like the cross of science, humor and great photos that you see here on Big Bluegill, then you'll love Pond Boss magazine and it's forum. Starting September of 2008 you can buy Pond Boss magazine right off the magazine rack at Bass Pro Shops throughout the country. Make sure to at least pick it up and thumb through it a little. I am neither the owner, nor the editor of this… Continue

Added by Bruce Condello on April 20, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Fishing for big bluegill.

Well, water temps here are starting to creep up to nearly 50 degrees F. I'm hoping to start my quest to fish a bunch of our local interstate borrow pits. I'll blow up my float tube tonight and try to get all of my stuff ready. Our local Game and Parks Commission releases information on fall sampling of public lakes, so I'll be checking the data for clues that might lead me to a hot bed for big bluegill. My favorite way to catch them is to drift with 1/16 ounce jigs and Mr. Twister tails.… Continue

Added by Bruce Condello on April 5, 2008 at 2:08pm — No Comments

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