Hey guys, I'm in the Grand Rapids MI, area, looking for location for northern sunfish(northern longears). I'd like to add some to my large(for the moment) 125 gallon tank to eventually replace the pumpkinseeds that are young of year in there..but destined for a 220 gallon tank going up this next spring. If anyone has ideas on specific lakes with good populations..and then how to catch them, I'd be gratefull. I'd prefer NOT to hook and line if possible, but willing to do so if needed(prefer not to start off with mouth wounds...but again, not a deal breaker). I've tried seins, dip nets, fish traps...catch greens, pumpkinsees, and bluegill...but so far no Northerns. Tried at least a dozen lakes. Any ideas? Am I missing something in location(normal litoral weedbeds), specific lakes perhaps? Any help appreciated!
edited to add, I have the required DNR scientific collection permits to transport live fish, and definitly practice safe water disposal so as not to move invasives around, in case anyone was concerned.