What's the best method to catch pumpkinseed and orange spotted sunfish?
Posted 05 July 2011 - 09:17 AM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 09:30 AM
If you can find where they are, a small barbless hook with worms will work pretty well.
Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:01 AM
Orange spotted sunfish are apparently found in slow moving muddy waters, according to the DNR. Their site lists them as having no special status, but because of where you find them they'd probably be difficult to get with a seine. I'd call the DNR and ask whether they count as bait fish or not if you're in the mood to give it a try.
If you're fishing for them, a small hook with a piece of waxworm or mealworm on it works wonders. You'll have to sort through all the bluegill you catch at the same time, but you'll catch them eventually.
ETA: Removed some fail, added some link.
Edited by jasonpatterson, 05 July 2011 - 10:05 AM.
Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:18 AM
Posted 22 July 2011 - 07:28 PM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 02:42 PM
however, as you may have to angle for them (which from both responsible and thoughtful ecological and management POVs is absurd, but what can you do...) the barbs can be bent down with a needle-nosed pliers faster than you can file them. Sunfish swallow the bait in a heartbeat, so if possible use the largest hook you can, and try to sight fish so you can set the hook instantly (a sensitive graphite rod also helps). Angling for aquarium fish is a lot different than angling for the joy of it or to eat some nice sunfish fillets.
Edited by IvanMike, 27 September 2011 - 02:42 PM.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 11:58 AM
Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:19 PM
I haven't checked OH, but it wouldn't surprise me at all that they are orange spots are considered game fish. It's one of those rules that is set to make enforcement easier, and that's about it. They're not saying they really are a targeted species, but are trying to avoid arguments with the enforcement agents.
The best I can tell, in Ohio, orange spotted sunfish are the only Lepomis that isn't considered a game fish or "sportfish". This link lists them as "no special status" while all other Lepomis' are listed as "sportfish"
Here is a link to get to the other Lepomis' or any Ohio fish status.
I would hate to say for sure though if that makes them exempt from only being legally collected with a hook but, assuming we can use the terms "gamefish" and "sportfish" interchangeably, it is an interesting question.
Edited by frogwhacker, 30 September 2011 - 12:27 PM.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:15 PM
Anyhow, if the law says you don't have to angle for spots, I think the idea of copying the law and taking it with you while you use a minnow trap is a good one.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 07:35 PM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 06:08 AM
I can see people trying to trap/net endangered species on the CARES program, only to be forced to put them back while a bulldozer wipes out the stream at the same time.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:36 AM
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