Jump to content

Good or bad


Recommended Posts

So Im finally fishing a pond that I've been looking at for the last 20 yrs, I've been about 3 times in the last month. I've landed about 5 bass and of the 5 these 3 are my smallest fish 🤗 but my question is and it might be a dumb one But (is it a bad thing when most the fish your getting out a pond are big and your not really seeing the smaller fish?  )IMG_20230927_205052845_HDR2.jpg.ffa5a9d8e1fa18cff41e6fc106975bd1.jpgIMG_20231020_200001489.jpg.be0f4ae6e5ec82cb3211e4c23f5cde19.jpgare what IMG_20230920_183944852_HDR3.jpg.a1afd4fb9539b8d41b18f5afabe24c3d.jpg

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

It's Heaven. Be happy.

 

I fish a bog up north that's similar. In 2023, the most I ever caught at this bog was three bass. Four times, I only caught one. To put this into local context, I usually catch about 30 or more bass per outing. However, I'm already making plans to fish this bog again because I like the challenge and love the average size of the fish. 

 

Again, be happy...and protect the pond!

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I suspect we all have tendency to make assumptions about the health of a body of water based on what we are catching.  The only true measure is to electro-fish the lake.  You really have no idea what's in there until a thorough study is done.  That is one thing that the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources does a fantastic job at.  They electro-fish public lakes and provide access to highly detailed findings and statistical analysis (if anyone wants the link let me know) 

 

A perfect example is a lake about an hour from me that is known to have large musky, but it's very tough to fish.  The most recent electro-survey (several years ago) resulted in TWO fish that annihilated the state record.  And, of course, they swam away after the survey.  How much more confidence does that give you to keep casting?

  • Like 5
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User
34 minutes ago, BigAngus752 said:

I suspect we all have tendency to make assumptions about the health of a body of water based on what we are catching.  The only true measure is to electro-fish the lake.  You really have no idea what's in there until a thorough study is done.  That is one thing that the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources does a fantastic job at.  They electro-fish public lakes and provide access to highly detailed findings and statistical analysis (if anyone wants the link let me know) 

 

A perfect example is a lake about an hour from me that is known to have large musky, but it's very tough to fish.  The most recent electro-survey (several years ago) resulted in TWO fish that annihilated the state record.  And, of course, they swam away after the survey.  How much more confidence does that give you to keep casting?

 

Link, please.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

Here is one for the state of Minnesota… breaks down the water and fish surveyed fairly well: 

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/index.html

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Global Moderator
52 minutes ago, BigAngus752 said:

I suspect we all have tendency to make assumptions about the health of a body of water based on what we are catching.  The only true measure is to electro-fish the lake.  You really have no idea what's in there until a thorough study is done.  That is one thing that the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources does a fantastic job at.  They electro-fish public lakes and provide access to highly detailed findings and statistical analysis (if anyone wants the link let me know) 

 

A perfect example is a lake about an hour from me that is known to have large musky, but it's very tough to fish.  The most recent electro-survey (several years ago) resulted in TWO fish that annihilated the state record.  And, of course, they swam away after the survey.  How much more confidence does that give you to keep casting?

Electro on hits about the top 10 or so feet of water , probably some sea monsters down deep too! 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/23/2023 at 7:42 AM, BigAngus752 said:

I suspect we all have tendency to make assumptions about the health of a body of water based on what we are catching.  The only true measure is to electro-fish the lake.  You really have no idea what's in there until a thorough study is done.  That is one thing that the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources does a fantastic job at.  They electro-fish public lakes and provide access to highly detailed findings and statistical analysis (if anyone wants the link let me know) 

 

A perfect example is a lake about an hour from me that is known to have large musky, but it's very tough to fish.  The most recent electro-survey (several years ago) resulted in TWO fish that annihilated the state record.  And, of course, they swam away after the survey.  How much more confidence does that give you to keep casting?

I know my pb is going to be reached in this pond, I can feel it. Last night I drag my kayak about 2 miles by hand through woods to be able to fish it without hanging out a tree or barely being able to make a cast. My confidence is definitely up there, thanks for the boost..

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Super User

The opposite is a problem too many small bass.

Tom

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/23/2023 at 9:08 AM, king fisher said:

This is very bad.  It means the lake does not get enough angling pressure.  Please tell me the location of the lake, and I will help manage it properly.

I'll swap with you, Lake location for lake location. Heck I'll put you up for the week-end on my end if you'll do the same on yours. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/23/2023 at 7:42 AM, BigAngus752 said:

I suspect we all have tendency to make assumptions about the health of a body of water based on what we are catching.  The only true measure is to electro-fish the lake.  You really have no idea what's in there until a thorough study is done.  That is one thing that the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources does a fantastic job at.  They electro-fish public lakes and provide access to highly detailed findings and statistical analysis (if anyone wants the link let me know) 

 

A perfect example is a lake about an hour from me that is known to have large musky, but it's very tough to fish.  The most recent electro-survey (several years ago) resulted in TWO fish that annihilated the state record.  And, of course, they swam away after the survey.  How much more confidence does that give you to keep casting?

Evergreen?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, ironbjorn said:

That lake can eat a bag of sticks lol

LOL.  I know what you're saying.  It's very difficult to fish which is probably why they found two different state record muskies during two different electro-fishing surveys.  Look at the tournament results!  Top bass was a 6.18 for the season.  #2 was a 3lb and 4 and 5 were 1lb!  Monsters in there but who can catch them?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 minutes ago, BigAngus752 said:

LOL.  I know what you're saying.  It's very difficult to fish which is probably why they found two different state record muskies during two different electro-fishing surveys.  Look at the tournament results!  Top bass was a 6.18 for the season.  #2 was a 3lb and 4 and 5 were 1lb!  Monsters in there but who can catch them?

Wow that sounds even worse than I remember. I haven't fished it in 5 years. Last time I was backseating in a tournament. I didn't do worth a crap and neither did anyone else except for my boater who managed 2 over 3 lbs and 2 over 4 lbs on some Yamamoto bait that was discontinued at the time (and probably still is). Can't remember what it was.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/26/2023 at 3:59 PM, Darth-Baiter said:

wow...now that is the proper way to drop a "humble-brag"!!  nice fish.

Was it that obvious lol

 

On 10/24/2023 at 9:15 AM, Pat Brown said:

Probably just not enough people fishing and too much food or something totally natural like that.

I don't think anyone ever fished it. I was there with a friend of mine and was telling him they hit anything so I put a leaf 🌿 on my hook and threw it out and actually got a fish lol that's the first I've ever heard of that happening

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.


  • Outboard Engine

    fishing forum

    fishing tackle

    fishing

    fishing

    fishing tackle

    fishing

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass



×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.