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Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake #7586536
05/18/22 10:15 PM
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In reading the Smallie fishing thread I have been trying to get on some Big Bluegills with my Wife

We have had motor issues with our 70 hp. Johnson so We're limited to our Canoe.

But easier to launch in a good spot. My Wife has made it through a heart attack a few weeks ago...and after actually going back to work as a Nurse she caught Covid a Second time.
Really want to get her fishing.


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586539
05/18/22 10:22 PM
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Lake havasu, 5 pound plus red earred sunfish. Record is over 6 pounds.

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586583
05/18/22 11:55 PM
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Does Havasu still have enough water to launch a boat??

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586587
05/19/22 12:02 AM
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if you could only hack into some of these guys phones and pull up some of their "pins" of their hot spots----
you would not to have asked this question

I had a great duck hunt-
question[ where did you get them ?
Answer; In front of my gun.
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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586593
05/19/22 12:22 AM
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People will give tips on Smallies but not gills?


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586596
05/19/22 12:45 AM
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I dont know how far you wanna drive but ive been wanting to go to the sandhills in nebraska near Valentine to hit some of those little ponds that hold giant gills. I would think a canoe would be perfect on those. I used to drive from Valentine to North Platte and man thats some open, scenic country. Saw a few yotes down there too.

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586598
05/19/22 12:50 AM
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Detroit lake had some huge ones when I was a kid, Idk about the fishery today

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586607
05/19/22 02:04 AM
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Probably in some southern ponds that stock the Georgia Giant Hybrids??


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586612
05/19/22 04:56 AM
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My wife has me cleaning jumbo crappie two to three nights a week. Since second week of May. I noted the bluegills are showing up in her fish basket, nice eaters about 9 or so inches. The crappie average 12 to 14 inch. We haven't put a boat in the water yet since ice out, all fish caught from shore or our dock. I got my flyrod and poppers out, next three weeks should be good gilling!


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586616
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just about any inland lake in the u p

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586619
05/19/22 05:32 AM
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If Big Stone is not to far I believe that you could find some real nice sunfish. With your canoe you would want to launch from the South Dakota side at the rearing ponds access and fish near the islands for protection from the wind. Your MN licenses are all you need to do that.

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: cohunt] #7586662
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Originally Posted by cohunt
If Big Stone is not to far I believe that you could find some real nice sunfish. With your canoe you would want to launch from the South Dakota side at the rearing ponds access and fish near the islands for protection from the wind. Your MN licenses are all you need to do that.


Beautiful lake and area, many bonus fish as well.

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586726
05/19/22 08:28 AM
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Bluegills should be on the beds this week of next as the lilacs are in bloom here. I know you are a bit farther north but any lake that holds 'gills should produce the biggest of the year from the beds.

I know it's not much help but figured I'd offer some encouragement anyhow lol

Oh and I don't like worms or crawlers for gills but prefer waxies. Those usually will out fish worms 3 to one in the open water.


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586741
05/19/22 08:45 AM
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Dad 82 and I tried to hit Cross and Pokegama snake river section but all the ramps are 6 to 8 feet under.
I prefer an inland lake. DAD Likes those spots for some reason.

My Wife is still recovering


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586793
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
People will give tips on Smallies but not gills?


gills are all over and I wouldn't worry to much about making a destination trip of it

we had good luck on the Mississippi pool 7 Minnesota side under the docks and boat lifts and other structure some of that you could even access from shore but for sure from canoe you can access the spill way from the down river side of L&D6 Minnesota side

I have heard good things about Crappie on pool 9 we got into them on pool 6 for a few days till it got too high a water temp and they shut off.

Last edited by GREENCOUNTYPETE; 05/19/22 09:46 AM.

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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586811
05/19/22 10:08 AM
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We're you able to eat the Mississippi gills GCP? ^^^
Thx


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586832
05/19/22 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
We're you able to eat the Mississippi gills GCP? ^^^
Thx

honestly it was so hot that week we didn't keep any of the bigger ones a few little ones for catfish bait, we were camping and the last thing I wanted to do when we got done fishing after dark was clean fish and sit over a hot pan.

catch a sandwich and sleep so we could get up and fish again at sunrise before it got to hot. the heat of the day we would drive into Lacrosse and catch a Chinese buffet at lunch prices in the air conditioning and eat our selves stuffed.

it didn't occur to me not to eat them if it wasn't in the 90s and we weren't fishing all day I would have.

we were catching the tail of the spawn we came back the next week and the water level had fallen around 16 inches and it was not the same.

there were good size but not record setters

early spawn is likely better


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Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: 330-Trapper] #7586900
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I catch my biggest bluegills from farm ponds.

Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: Northof50] #7586904
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Originally Posted by Northof50
if you could only hack into some of these guys phones and pull up some of their "pins" of their hot spots----
you would not to have asked this question

I had a great duck hunt-
question[ where did you get them ?
Answer; In front of my gun.
sour face caption insert crazy

LOL.


wanna be goat farmer.
Re: Biggest Bluegill best fishing Lake [Re: wetdog] #7586985
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Originally Posted by wetdog

I catch my biggest bluegills from farm ponds.

that makes sense we saw decent fish then as Onalaska is Pool 7 and you could visit muskrat while your near by


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