Grass Pickerel HELP ME!
Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:42 PM
Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:54 PM
I'll bet they are doing just fine in a couple inches of water but I might head a bit further downstream and look for deeper water.
How are you trying to catch them?
Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:07 PM
Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:10 PM
Posted 02 August 2010 - 07:13 PM
Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:13 PM
My experience has been that they are most abundant early in the spring and get harder to find as summer goes on.
Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:24 PM
I have to agree with Uland, if Nate said there are GP's there, they are in there.
Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:30 PM
Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:56 AM
Sure a dip net will work well in vegetated areas but a seine gets the job done with greater efficiency. Also adult Pickerel are rather skittish and tend to dart away long before you're within dip net range.
Once we sampled enough in this style, we actually used a 12' bag seine and carefully seined the "channel" downstream to find monster Golden Shiners....We would never have caught the below with dip nets.
Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:19 AM
I'm certainly no expert on seining, but I would never have thought to do it the other way in a ditch...
Ha! I have seen it all. Two weeks ago, I witnessed two guys with a cast net, netting a riffle.Six inches deep max. All they caught was rocks. I had a six foot seine. I felt bad for them, so I filled their bucket with bait.
I can remember myself at 12 years old pulling a seine by the strings only, no poles through a culvert pipe under the road. That was when I realized that green sunfish could have stunted breeding populations no longer than 2 inches.
My point was that until you have netted fish for a while, there are many techniques that might not occur to you. Tweaking your technique can make a world of difference.
Uland, that is an impressive GS, I have caught some nice ones on a flyrod, that were actually quite sporty.
Sorry for the derail. Best of luck on the pickerel pursuit.
Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:39 AM
If you are good with a dip net and they are smaller watch for them to stop and try and scoop them quickly. The larger ones typically won't let you get close enough.
Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:06 PM
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