No 'Gills Yet in 2010

The picture above is of a nice "hand-sized" bluegill that I caught last year at Grand Prairie pond, here in Albany, Oregon.
Last year (2009) was a great year for bluegill and green perch in our local ponds. I was under the impression that every year would be just as good... Read about last year here.

My son and I tried out the above mentioned pond last Saturday and gave it our best shot, or "cast," rather. Unfortunately we didn't have much action. I was only able to bring one four-incher to the bank and it got away before I could take a quick snapshot.

We really did have a great time despite the lack of fish. I can usually catch between 20-30 fish here in just a couple of hours.

In December of 2009, we had record low temperatures and I know the pond froze pretty good. I don't know if the big freeze killed the fish off or not, or if they are all just hiding. I think it might get better as the weather warms and the water clears up (the water was a lot more murky than last year). So, who knows, I am interested to see if it gets any better later on. I sure hope it will!

On a different note, my brother and I will be going up to Lookout Point Reservoir for a little fishing derby with some of the folks from the Oregon Fishing Forum (OFF) this Saturday (March 27th). I am really looking forward to it! I went there for the first time earlier this year and caught some landlocked chinook salmon, aka "chinokanee" and some nice rainbow trout. Read about it here.

So, some time this weekend I will post pictures and stories from our trip. Stay tuned!!!

In the meantime, Tight Lines! -nimrod243


  1. I would be interested in finding out, the next time you fish this pond, if you would try a small black & gold Panther Martin about 1/16oz to 1/32oz and see if it would produce a good size bluegill. Some years ago, I caught a big one from a small pond (a lot smaller than this one) on that lure. Just curious.


  2. Shoreman,

    Thanks for the tip! I promise I will try it and report back at my earliest convenience. It will be a fun little project, and if there is any hope of catching a nice sized bluegill, I'm up for it!

    Tight Lines!

  3. I'm glad to see you were able to get out there Nimrod. I heard on the stocking report that they stocked waverly lake and timberlin as well this week. We'll see you this weekend!

  4. For many years here in my part of Idaho I have a late May illness. It is called "The Bluegill Flu". Your post has me looking forward to being sick again around that time.

    Gotta' love those Bluegills!

  5. Watchout.Trout,

    I will have to go check out waverly tomorrow... see if I can't scare up some locals (trout).

    Thanks for the tip. We'll see you on Saturday!

  6. Mel,

    I will unashamedly admit that I do love them bluegills. They don't get near as much credit as they deserve!

    As for "The Bluegill Flu," I think I already have it, but the fish didin't get the memo!

    I hope they figure it out soon enough.

  7. Shoreman is right about using panther martins for blue gills :D i caught a bunch at medco pond last saturday.


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