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Got out this morning for a little fishing and peace and quiet. had the pond all to myself until noon. Not a sniff for the first hour or so until the water warmed a little. Float fishing was a waste and settled on bottom rigs. With this NE wind everything seems to be hugging the bottom. 10 minutes after switching rigs I get that first tap,tap,tap, followed by 2 hours of steady action. There were perch, gills and rockies. There was also a few of:

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This fellow lost a fight with something (another rocky)

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Back home by 1 to meet my daughter from school and whip up a pot of scratch pea soup for tonight's supper.

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Nice silver bass. Can we take them in this period or they are closed as pigs (small & large M basses)?

Silver/white bass and white perch are classed as panfish and open. They come from a different family of fish 'Morone'. Whereas what we normally call bass are sunfish in the 'Centrarchidae' family.

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Great report dude, but what was that silver looking fish? Some kind of Crappie?

 

Thanks for sharing!

read the previous posts mike

 

 

 

great report bruce, thats quite a mix bag of fish. is the tail on the cat in the 3rd flat with the back? or just the way it appears in the picture?

 

Matt!

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read the previous posts mike

 

 

 

great report bruce, thats quite a mix bag of fish. is the tail on the cat in the 3rd flat with the back? or just the way it appears in the picture?

 

Matt!

Once a bullhead sticks the fins out you cannot lay the head on it's side. It's just a deceptive appearance thingy.

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Once a bullhead sticks the fins out you cannot lay the head on it's side. It's just a deceptive appearance thingy.

ok i wasnt sure i have never taken a picture of any of my cats before normally toss a few in a pail and the rest in the lake thought maybe it was a deformity like a 2 tailed bass or something! i say that cuz i caught one this past summer

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Nice Morone americana in the first pic, looks real healthy!!!

 

The Crappie would've been a throw back here, 9" limit on most lakes and 10" min on others.

 

Those Bullheads fry up real nice if you've never tried them!!! :P

 

That crappie was just over 9". I've got big paws :P Anything less than the spread of my hands goes back. (except smelts)

 

Actually, I love eating coldwater cats this time of year. I just kept enough pannies (3) to give the puppies and I a decent brekkie tomorrow.

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Really nice report and great photos!

Thx

About those silver basses (sometimes people call them blue basses). Last May - June on Grand (Caledonia) I got many of them. One was a big one (for that kind of fish) 550 – 600g. However, they almost did not bite in July – September.

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Really nice report and great photos!

Thx

About those silver basses (sometimes people call them blue basses). Last May - June on Grand (Caledonia) I got many of them. One was a big one (for that kind of fish) 550 – 600g. However, they almost did not bite in July – September.

The silver/white bass only come up the river to spawn. By July they are back in L Erie. They are a schooling fish and if you suddenly see a big commotion on the surface, that will be a school chasing a bait ball to the surface. You can have a real blast casting into the middle of that.

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