Post By: TeamGR3 Posted: 9/17/2015 8:46:10 AMPoints: 1522
My wife and I fished from 6PM to 715PM, last night took her to my HOT spot we caught lots of perch-to include a "MONSTER BLUEGILL" that Gigi yanked in, we thought it was a smallie or largie, but when it came up we netted the biggest bluegill I have ever witnessed, even fishing down south while at Ft. Campbell KY. The crazy part is that she caught perch 11&12"s long, she expressed that she wanted a master angler fish-she is in. Proud hubby-great time-great eats!!!!
Reply by: sylvan Posted: 9/17/2015 8:51:58 AM Points: 10070
I've fished Aurora since it opened. I've heard of fisherman catching a few small gills. Tuesday I also landed a large gill and again Wednesday another. Maybe they are beginning to take hold. According to the site they were last stocked in 2000.
Reply by: FISHRANGLER Posted: 9/17/2015 10:36:11 AM Points: 1682
Nice fishes Please release the gills in atown So the will repopulate the lake We cannot count on the cpw do to so and they play a very important roll in feeding the other fishes If they do ever come back it will be because people are willing to release the large gills that are left in there. I know the lake very very well and can base this off of many years of fishing the lake.
Reply by: TeamGR3 Posted: 9/17/2015 11:19:55 AM Points: 1522
Sylvan-will call when back and the keep fish(bluegill), was not aware of bluegill situation at ATOWN, will CPR them from now on-I am in agreement with letting them populate, I fished for gills in the past down south never an issue with numbers, but as stated I will release knowing now they are low numbers in there. The fish did not go to waste-we did eat it within the hour, and I have no regrets there.
Reply by: FISHRANGLER Posted: 9/17/2015 11:38:19 AM Points: 1682
Thanks team gr3 It's just a suggestion is all. Don't Read anything into it I'm mean really how are you to know unless someone says something about it? The lake does have low numbers, that's all I was saying. So who ever that other guy is giving you grief ? He can pound sand
I hold the lake record there for blue gill it was released . Theres a very good story about that gill. But I have landed very large gils there. None of those got weighted. You should have had it weighed and then you would have had the lake record. Certified scale at office.
Reply by: TeamGR3 Posted: 9/17/2015 11:59:14 AM Points: 1522
Fishrangler- I am good with my taking that gil(at that time) and eating it with my family, I got what the threads have said, I am cool as ice with comments, I know some threads get heated, I do understand the importance of the population sustaining factor, it is great that it was brought to my attention, as I mentioned I never(in the past) looked a gills as a low number fish, but I too learn and listen to new ideas and suggestion... you sound like a great guy, love to meet you on the lake some time in the near future a well. And in the future I will do a bit of homework on lakes and fish stability, but I will continue to consume fish- Legally and well within the slot and number limits-no waste here.
I put a couple perch back into Aurora for you this morning. You can catch them later...I'd give it a couple months though, they weren't too big. Eat'n size? Yeah, but not big like some of the ones you're getting. 8" range, so maybe December or so?
You do catch a lot of fish out of those lakes, I need to borrow the Carp Guys drone and spy on you!
Nice bluegill! I too am a long time fisher of Aurora and have never brought one to hand. Congrats! It's great that they're starting to take hold, but agree with Fishrangler that they're gonna need help. TeamGR3, great catch and good on you for having an open mind and a listening ear! All of us could use a little more of that. Continued success out there and keep your wife puttin' the beat on those perch! :)
Reply by: TeamGR3 Posted: 9/18/2015 9:05:08 AM Points: 1522
Thanks to all you guys- I got some great and constructive feedback, all noted, and taken to heart, when I get back from Montana next week, I will reach out to some of you guys to fish and tell war stories, and dzilla, anytime you want to hook up let me know I will humbly give you my 2 cents on some of my homework...
Reply by: aerofanbig Posted: 9/18/2015 10:01:49 AM Points: 1241
I'm kind of curious to hear from the ATown masters, your thoughts on why the gills never really took off? They seem to overpopulate and stunt in almost every other body of water they are put into. Too cold maybe? Heavy predator presence?
Just quit taking fish in general, do you really need food that bad or do you keep every fish you catch? Moreover, Aurora is always pressured and for those who can't travel to more exotic locations becomes the perfect place to be. A monster gill is as exciting as a 14" bow. All I see anymore is more anglers trying to fill up the stringer
Reply by: TeamGR3 Posted: 9/19/2015 5:27:24 AM Points: 1522
recipe= sazon(wal mart& king soopers carry it) a bit of salt pepper to taste the orange comes from the sazon , cast iron skillet enough grease of choice to cover half the fish fry for 3 minutes each side don't forget cold beer!!! enjoy
Good fish population has to do with balance in the food chain. If enough food is provided the gills will grow in numbers. With the right predators ie other warm water fish like bass or pike or selective harvest by us the population should drop and size goes up. Many colorado lakes are stuck btw cold and warm water fisheries. It takes longer for trout to even grow big enough to eat gills while a young lmb can't stay away from the gills
Reality is that lots of people suck at fishing...don't catch much don't fish much and get excited to catch any fish at all. They go fishing 3 to 4 times a year and keep everything and usually don't even eat it. Overall the damage by this group of people is minimal with the exception of metro waters that get slammed when rumors about the trophy every cast start to circulate. I don't know any serious fisher people that go out 3 to 4 times a week to fill limits but they do exist and are a far greater negative impact. If you know of anyone that keeps over their possession limit in the freezer not daily bag but I am talking freezer full the cpw should be contacted to protect these fish populations