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Post Posted: 11:32pm - Jan 26,11 
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Saw this elsewhere thought it was interesting.

http://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/10274/inhscaecv02006i00009_opt.pdf?sequence=2

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Post Posted: 12:42am - Jan 27,11 
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Here are the five year end reports:

https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/8804/browse?value=Bluegill&type=subject

I don't have and couldn't find the final analysis and report but I did read it once the study was complete.
In short, it was a failure. Attempting to grow bigger bluegills through manipulation, in each of the study lakes, failed.
I thought that the introduction of predator fish in Wampum lake had worked well though. Wampum historically could only produce dink bluegills. In 1996 we were getting large bluegills, up to 10 inchers and better from the lake through the ice. By then though, the ice regulations had been changed, word got out about a remarkable fishery and those big fat predators were being removed from the lake quick as one could say, come-and-get-em-boys.
Today, we're right back to where it always had been, hardly a decent predator to be found in the lake and dinks by the gazillions galore.

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Post Posted: 06:24am - Jan 27,11 
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Interesting subject. The south part of the US is known for monster Gills
and here in the North its a struggle to find a 9-10" range Panfish.

I would contribute that to a shorter warm season when the food cycle
(Minnows and such) is much shorter and the warm weather also plays
a big roll in raising big Slabs.

The further North you go the lesser chance to find an abundant amount of
large Panfish.

Another reason, like Any mentioned, would be the pressure in the few
lakes that we do have. Once the word is out its "slam" that lake and
harvest the gold.

A good example is Bangs. It does grow large Pumkins but the pounding
that lake takes, can not maintain them year round.

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Post Posted: 12:06am - Jan 29,11 
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Bill, I think that it may just be the opposite in the Larger Northern lakes. The vast acreage of Wi. & Mn. etc. lakes give the fish a better chance to grow. Even if it's at a slower rate there is less chance of to many breeder quality fish being harvested. The pressure on Illinois Forest Preserve lakes is tremendous.
Thousands of fishermen who do not have the wherewithall to drive distances to quality lakes fish the local FPD lakes and keep most of the fish that they catch regardless of size.

The quality of good fishing areas within 1 hour of city center of Chicago is very slim.

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Post Posted: 07:43am - Jan 29,11 
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John,
The size of Gills and Crappie that we catch down south are enormous!

:shock

Whenever I fished the Northern Lakes North of the border I have not had
one large Gill. I have caught nice Crappie up in Lake Wisconsin but pale
to the size down south.

It could be just me!

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