Mummichog

Bass and Bluegill!!!

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Five years ago, we had zero bass or bluegill in our lake.  We’ve been putting a few in that we caught in other lakes over the years.  Caught my first bass in 2016.  Put the goggles on and explored the lake.  I saw bass from fry to 16 inches.  Last year, I caught my first bluegill in the lake.  In 2020, we’ll catch 20-30 bass a trip with ones like this (or bigger) in every trip.  

 

 

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Just now, HugeDinghy said:

How is it possible that there weren’t bass and blue gill in there? 

Perch and pickerel only.  The pH was very low.  Basically, an acidic mountain lake.  The pH has improved.

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2 mins ago, HugeDinghy said:

That’s crazy. Never heard of a lake that didn’t have bass and bluegill. 

Plenty of them down here.

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Just now, HugeDinghy said:

That’s crazy. Never heard of a lake that didn’t have bass and bluegill. 

We only had yellow perch and pickerel until about 10 years ago.  Then we started seeing pumpkin seed sunfish.  We’ve put crappie in there but haven’t caught one yet.  The pH was in the 4s.  We did some lime in the feeder creek.  But conditions improved in addition.  Guess the acid rain reduced.  A lot of hemlocks along the feeder creek, so tannins were an issue.

 

We have a beaver pond on our property that only has grass pickerel and a few native trout.  

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29 mins ago, Mummichog said:

We only had yellow perch and pickerel until about 10 years ago.  Then we started seeing pumpkin seed sunfish.  We’ve put crappie in there but haven’t caught one yet.  The pH was in the 4s.  We did some lime in the feeder creek.  But conditions improved in addition.  Guess the acid rain reduced.  A lot of hemlocks along the feeder creek, so tannins were an issue.

 

We have a beaver pond on our property that only has grass pickerel and a few native trout.  

I've been told crappies have a small pH window they can survive in. 

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28 mins ago, Shaky86 said:

I've been told crappies have a small pH window they can survive in. 

I can believe that.  Also, fish may survive just fine in a certain pH, but won't reproduce. 

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1 hour ago, HugeDinghy said:

That’s crazy. Never heard of a lake that didn’t have bass and bluegill. 

Long Island/NY has lots of ponds & lakes like that in the Hampton Bays area.

Pine trees & blueberry country....acidic soil.

Pickerel and perch and prob some kinda minnow forage/frog/tadpoles and tons of bugs

No bass or bluegill/sunfish

...so now you've heard of it

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