Good panfishing today

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  1. #1 Doug Alder
    July 26, 2009

    Is that a walleye? Never seen one before

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    July 26, 2009

    No, it is a “sunfish” (not sure which species exactly … we have our local lore but that is not helpful.)

  3. #3 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    July 26, 2009

    Looks kind of small, but tasty.

    I’m guessing crappy (pronounced “croppy.”)

  4. #4 Jason Thibeault
    July 26, 2009

    I want fish now. It’s a damn shame the only fish I can get a hold of is the morally reprehensible kind.

  5. #5 becca
    July 27, 2009

    Poor fishyfish.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    July 27, 2009

    Actually, Mike, I’m pretty sure this is a Lepomis of some kind, not a crappie (which is Pomoxis). It is either a pumkinseed or a female blugill.

  7. #7 asha.
    July 27, 2009

    bluegill.

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    July 27, 2009

    Figured. Oh, and sorry, my internet connection keeps crapping out.

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    July 27, 2009

    Asha: My Internet Connection is going down! Email me nre fishing times! And go to sleep, it’s late!

  10. #10 Jim Thomerson
    July 27, 2009

    Not being expert on sunfish, I’ll guess a bluegill x green sunfish hybrid. The long pectoral fin is bluegillish, but the mouth looks too large for a bluegill and the white borders on the pelvic fins are like a green sunfish.

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    July 27, 2009

    I like your idea regarding the borders (I had had the same thought) but the large mouth is said to be a feature of greenies. Yet, there seems to be a sort of orgy going on down there anyway, so hybrids are not at all out of the question .

  12. #12 Crudely Wrott
    July 27, 2009

    Big un, ainnit?

    Bait? Tackle?

    Did you set the drag light and let it fight or did you just horse it on in?

  13. #13 Greg Laden
    July 27, 2009

    Light tackle 6 lb test, small bucktail jig with a leech, drag set as low as it would go without the reel falling apart.

    That fish was not big. The one I caught the day before was HUGE but I didn’t have the damn camera. The fish you see here is the one I caught while trying to reconstruct the previous day’s catch.

  14. #14 Cthulhu's minion
    July 28, 2009

    Looks like a warmouth aka google-eye to me. They do hybridize with green and pumpkinseed sunfish so everyone could be right.

  15. #15 Greg Laden
    July 28, 2009

    Someday I’m going to write a post on the biogeography and stuff of the sun fishes.

    This does look just like a warmouth, (Lepomis gulosus). My first reaction was that that is a warmer water southern species, but I can’t actually think of a reason to rule it out other than that the DNR has never reported them being in this lake. But the more I look at sunfish iformation the less comfortable I am drawing any conclusions.

    Further study is needed….

  16. #16 Greg Laden
    July 28, 2009

    … then I suddenly discover that in Mn warmouth is found only in the Mississppi. However, this lake drains into boy river, which drains into a lake through which the Mississippi passes. so….

  17. #17 Cthulhu's minion
    July 28, 2009

    All the sunfish have been widely stocked in ponds so finding a warmouth there would not be odd if they can survive the winters. For that matter a green x warmouth hybrid may well be more cold tolerent. I seem to remember a local hatchery selling bluegill x green x warmouth hybrids and they are known to hybridize in nature so might be an intergrade.

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