Post By: TeamGR3 Posted: 8/17/2015 9:06:15 AMPoints: 1534
Another lake we have not fished in years, my son and I got the itch with our new SS. dingy, and fished the "Q". First let me say this was the only lake I fished when I exited the Army in 1995, only to frustrate myself to learn fly fishing-it worked out well! I remember the old spots I would catch fish, but never targeted the fish we caught this weekend. Chris and I mainly jigged and did not troll a bit, to hit sand to rock transitions, and points to steeper edges... let me say that a white tube jig in these spots could not catch perch and crappie fast enough!!! all crappie were returned to grow bigger-we hit doubles with them all day and perch, but the crappers were 10 inches at the most long-some still had crawdads hanging out there mouths. When we hit the largies, we were jigging as well-on the edge of weed beds in 15 ft. of water-all crappie and perch were 15-30' deep-slow jigging action.
Reply by: Flyrodn Posted: 8/27/2015 8:23:24 AM Points: 184621
It's a common misconception that a small fish released will grow to become a big fish. Odds are against it, very few make it. And with prolific spawners, like perch, keeping the edible smaller fish and releasing trophies is the best way to go. I've no issue taking a limit of 7-8 inch perch. If more folks did that with perch and sunfish, we'd see more "big" perch and gills and few waters with "stunted" populations, in my opinion.
Reply by: TeamGR3 Posted: 8/27/2015 10:37:19 AM Points: 1534
good advise-will see the fish harvest in a new light, and the fish fry was awesome-Christian my son, took the cast iron skillet with a bit of oil-butter mix, seasoned the fillets and whole perch bodies with saz'on-spanish season, a bit of salt -pepper, fried until almost golden, then in another sauce pan, put "hidden valley ranch mixed with siracha" whaaaaaaat, amazing vittles !!!!