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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #524427 08/06/20 07:23 AM
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very nice! Now please update us on how well the trap works!

Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
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Will do!!! Didn't make it down there last night - Listened to the Pond Boss live on FB instead haha


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #524551 08/10/20 09:57 AM
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Did some fishing on the pond over the weekend

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Bass fishing is super slow this time of year on the pond....evenings with top water frogs produce blow ups. I have a very chunky (for hot summer) 12-16" batch of fish with a few hogs over 17" - bluegill and crappie are hard to come by but I did get a couple that were fed to 'coons

Cloverleaf had a single 13" bullhead after 12hrs of soaking. moved it from 8' to 5' of water last night and will check again this evening.

I fed about 2lbs of old sportsmans choice last night and saw a few bass, mostly bullheads but the occasional bluegill surfacing to feed. I feed over the trap to help up catch numbers

Some interesting observations - I have an orange/red stained algae bloom, maybe its nearing its end? Water quality sucks, no rain = 1' lower then the drain = no circulation, we need rain. FA died off 2 weeks ago when the flow stopped


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #525650 09/08/20 10:17 AM
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fishing has been terrible on the pond...I've noticed that drought plays a huge role in fish activity on my little pond. The summers we have a very dry august-september, fishing is terrible, feeding is terrible, and I get a rusty brown bloom over the deeper sections of the pond. Until the rain started over the weekend we had gone 4 weeks with 0 flow in/out of pond.

The new trap is producing, however....it has been laying in 4-7' of water and has yielded 6 bullhead over 11", 3 black crappie all over 10", and 4 bluegill over 7". My sizes are increasing dramatically! Bullhead have moved deep, so this week the trap is going in 10-12' of water.

Next method of bullhead control will be hand feeding and picking them off with the 22


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #525699 09/09/20 12:31 PM
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Do you have oxygen in the water at that depth now?
















Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #525703 09/09/20 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Matzilla
...Next method of bullhead control will be hand feeding and picking them off with the 22

Keep a long handled net near by because the percussion of the 22 hitting the water, but missing the BH may very well stun it, but leave it to come to and live another day. This concept of culling would tempt me to buy a 20 gauge shotgun and several boxes of birdshot. I'm always looking for a reason to buy another firearm and the shorter home defense version of a 20 gauge would be very good at culling feeding BH...I would think. If not, I don't have a home defense 20 gauge in the collection...win/win or at least lose/win!


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
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You might get better concussion from rifled slugs vs. birdshot. The small pellets won't travel very far in the water.


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
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I'll have plenty of oxygen after the 3-5" of rain this week...those bullhead suspend over deep water during hot/dry periods of the summer and follow the thermocline to the shallows, getting the trap near that drop off to thermocline zone is ideal

I need a 20ga for this bullhead culling bad! hahaha, as the population drops, trapping is harder. Shooting is going to be the easiest (and most fun) way of population control especially for the larger BH. Good idea on the net to collect the stunned fish quickly


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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #525781 09/11/20 09:15 AM
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Do your BH come to pellets? If they do you can catch em out pretty easy at feeding time with a little piece of nightcrawler or a pellet fly.

Throw net works good for a toss or two. They wise up to that real fast, but you can catch a bunch of them before they figure it out.

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esshup #525784 09/11/20 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by esshup
You might get better concussion from rifled slugs vs. birdshot. The small pellets won't travel very far in the water.

You would definitely get better stunning with slugs. I was thinking low budget (besides the gun purchase) and neglecting any collateral damage of desired fish species that might be feeding as well.


Fish on!,
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Re: Restoring a bluegill pond
Matzilla #525859 09/14/20 09:20 AM
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BH have got to be the easiest fish to feed train - yes they come to pellets constantly....they are easy to catch on rod and reel when we feed regularly but we've just been too darn busy with house projects this year. When we feed often the fish start to react to the sound of pellets hitting the water, if you loft a bobber pretty high in the air and let it splash down hard, you usually have a fish within seconds. I'm hoping to wrap up the rest of our projects at home, just finished our kitchen remodel, gotta paint a few rooms and finish building out our basement bathroom/laundry room.


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