Do you love big bluegill?
I frequently fish a small local lake in my hometown of Antioch that shares the same name. This 77 acre gem is man made, and is a shallow dishpan type lake with a max depth of 10 ft.
Once a weed choked, and almost unfishable body of water, lake Antioch had only been a home to stunted 3-4" gills, and an occasional big Bass. Several years ago, lake management through local associations initiated a weed kill program that turned the lake around.
8-9" gills are now common, some with large eyes....and the Bass are bigger than ever.
Crappies, Perch, Pumpkinseeds, and BG/PS hybrids are also present.
What seems extremely odd to me is the 20-1 Female to Male ratio within the bluegill population.
For years we have selectively harvested generous numbers of females, and have religiously released all males....yet the ratio stays the same.
This particular body of water is private and unpressured......spawning beds have never been annually raided of its bulls....yet the ratio stays the same.
Is the gene pool corrupt?