I've spent a few afternoons this week fishing a small farm pond in far southeastern WI. The pond is busting at the seems with fish, however they have been reluctant to bite this week.
I spent 2 days throwing everything I could think of and only managed 1 fish, but it was a dandy. I didn't weight or measure it but I'd guess it to be in the 4-5 pound range. Caught it on a popper in 12 inches of water.
I changed up my tactics today and went SLOW. I had already tried slowly working texas and carolina rigged plastics with no luck so today I went with live bait. I hooked a fathead through the head on a floating jig head and fished it 1 foot above the bottom with a slip sinker. This method did the trick.
I landed another 3-4 pound bass a couple 1-2 pounders and an 11 inch bluegill. Not bad for 2 hours.
I'm hoping to get back out there one more time before I head home tomorrow because I know there are a ton of 3-6 pound bass and many 9+ inch bluegills I need to catch. I've seen them all swimming but haven't caught them yet.
I'll post pics of the bigger fish when I get home and can get the pictures off of my phone.
As promised here are a few photos from the past week. I only fished for maybe 5-6 hours all week so I think these are decent results for the limited time.
Big bass of the week. I didn't measure or weight it but I'd guess it to be in the 4-5 pound range.
And the big Gill of the week. After looking closer it looks to be a Blugill/Green Sunfish Hybrid but I'm not 100% sure - Any thoughts?
Regardless it was massive, going over 11 inches with a pinched tail.
Both fish were released as were all the other fish i caught during the week. The pond these fish came from was privately dug back in the 1950's and was stocked for the first time about 10 years ago. Great little fishery and the best part is that there are only 4-5 people who ever fish it.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954