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Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by joe shmoe, Jul 13, 2007.
i was wondering what would be the best size of gills in a lake or river
for a small lake
Hand size and below, but does it really matter. No not in my oppinion. A live guill is a live guill is a live guill
Smaller the better... but not too small.... Its easier for the cats to catch and eat the smaller Baits....less effort... it takes more effort for the cats to catch a big bait and manuver the bait to be able to swallow the bait.... a good average bait size would be like 3-8 inches :wink: 3-6 being the best
bigger the bait ....does not mean bigger fish........ it means less fish..... :big_smile:
Hand size is best, just big enough to fillet.
I like big gills for flatheads, the smaller three to five inches will get you more blues and channels though.:roll_eyes:
Use as big as you can throw. A 5lb flathead can easily eat a bluegill larger than your whole hand. A 5lb channel can do the same. I have noticed no drop off in the number of fish using either large or small fish. Also if you catch some really big ones, you can just cut them in half and use those for the flatties as well.
Are we talkin about eatin bluegills or usein em for bait?????Dwight
I have had cats nail them 5-7 inches long but I like the 2-3 inch size!!:smile2:
I don't think the size matters. I've had some monster bluegills on and catch some smaller sized flats. I had a real small gill on one time and caught a 20# flat.
From what I've seen, the small pond or lake and its residents will quickly determine the size of any bluegill you throw in. If you bluegill are too few and too small without enough cover, well, you won't have any in a few weeks (they kinda get eaten).
If they survive and reproduce, then they will grow and multiply until they take over. Then they'll get stunted and grow smaller. Fish them out enough or provide enough predators, and they'll balance out at a pretty good size.
Our local state-maintained fishing lake is only 17 acres. Being so close to Washington D.C., it is heavily fished. Interestingly though, the bluegill are starting to grow to a fairly good size, if you can catch them. I was fortunate enough to catch a citation-worthy bluegill there a few weeks ago.
I like them about 3 - 4" long. I have used bigger and smaller with great results. Really depends on the mood of the fish at the time.