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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

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Panfish In The Doldrums by Mike Gnatkowski

Catching panfish on first ice is not rocket science. Bluegills, sunfish, crappies, and perch are still relatively active when ice first forms. It’s basically an extension of the hot fall fishery for a while. Weeds are still green and producing oxygen, waters are not super chilled yet and panfish are still actively feeding. On first ice, you can get away with heavier line, larger floats and jumbo wax worms and still catch panfish. Things change though as winter deepens. As weeds die they become less hospitable to panfish. Oxygen levels plummet and oxygen-starved panfish become increasingly dormant. Forced out of...

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Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

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Perch the Bay Way by Robert Gwizdz

Jake Stanton did not mince any words as we met for the first time in anticipation of ice fishing for perch on Saginaw Bay. “We’re going to fish like barbarians,” he said. He handed me a pole. It was a simple jigging stick, made of a short length of cane, with a couple of pegs to serve as line holders. No reel, just a stick with a small eye on the end, outfitted with a six-pound test, high-visibility monofilament line and a small single-hook spoon with a plastic bead covering the bend in the shank. “I was told that once...

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The Lazy Man’s Rig To Perch Fishing Success by Darryl Choronzey

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The Lazy Man’s Rig To Perch Fishing Success by Darryl Choronzey

 It didn’t take a rocket scientist to quickly realize that Doug Stroud had that special “something” when it came to catching Lake Erie yellow perch. I hadn’t even tied the anchor rope off and settled my 27 foot Mako into a holding position and Stroud already had two jumbo perch resting on ice in the cooler and another two being lifted up and over the side waiting to be unhooked. Perch-hungry or just plain enthusiastic, my guest for the day was obviously showing me his stuff and it was pretty impressive to say the least. The cooler lid was hardly...

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Boss Bluegills by Roger Hinchcliff

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Boss Bluegills by Roger Hinchcliff

Ask most folks what’s the first fish you have ever caught? The bluegill will most likely be the answer. Many anglers first love affair and introduction to the sport of fishing were through fishing for panfish. The gill is native to North America and lives in streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. It is commonly found east of the Rockies.  If I had to choose one of my favorite fish to eat you would hear me mention species like a perch and walleye, but at the top of the list; I would have to say the bluegill. Those tasty fish belong in a...

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Lake Michigan's Perch Man by Bob Gwizdz

Lake Michigan Magazines Panfish perch

Lake Michigan's Perch Man by Bob Gwizdz

Depending on the season, Griffin fishes anywhere from shallow water (“five, six, seven feet,” he said.) to more than 100 feet deep. “Last year I think 20 to 25 feet was as shallow as I got, but most of my time was spent at 50 to 70."

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