While many people believe panfish populations are fished out, with smaller overall fish. I believe the art of catching larger panfish has been lost over the last 15 years. In my experience people tend to fish too shallow and with far too big of bait to effectively catch panfish. (Using nightcrawlers to chase bluegills is like swatting a fly with a shotgun.)
Anyway, the DNR is launching an inquiry into panfish management options (which is how administrative agencies operate).
- Info here.
- The Waukesha Meeting was yesterday... but a list of the others is here.
- If you want to contribute to the discussion...the online survey is available at this link.
Note: There will be a discussion at the Madison Tackle Show this weekend. Given how the Madison area lakes are fished for panfish...there's sure to be some discussion of interest to readers of this blog.
More to come. Stay Tuned.