What does your pond look like ... Today?


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@corgi Wow you went to a lot of work making a spot for them to drink. I hope they use it and now won't venture out onto that ice! Then you got to have fun fishing too! Will you fish eventually to catch and eat or do you just enjoy them being there for fun?
 
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I love to fish. My faves for the dinner table are perch, bluegill, and walleye. My wife does not care for fish so I'm fishing for myself. There are so many lakes by me where I can catch easy limits, that keeping them out of our pond seems wrong, especially when I can drive 10 minutes in any direction and fish local lakes. I would, at some point, like to selectively harvest some of the perch in the pond as they are self sustaining. The hybrid bluegills I'll let go when I do start to fish the pond, unless they are too deeply hooked making their survival questionable after release. I will not fish it again this year. Just the supplemental feeding I do for the hybrids, which I start doing the beginning of April through the end of October. Maybe I'll start to fish it a little in 2020.

I'm the only angler in my state of Michigan that has two state records on the books. No other angler in Michigan can say that. Both were accidental catches while fishing for other species. I caught the state record whitefish while fishing for steelhead in the surf of Lake Michigan. I caught the state record black bullhead while fishing for bluegills. Both were caught years ago, yet I'm still the only guy with 2 state records. I have been dethroned on both of these prior records, but my name is still in the books, twice. Bragging rights.

I have a t-shirt that says, " Fishing is not just a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that."


You can see the deer, the tracks on the ice. and the buckets with rope I tried. the plastic bags tied to the rope would slide back and forth on the rope depending on wind direction. It did not work. The deer stepped over the rope and went right to the edge of the open water. Only a couple of smaller ones did this, and hopefully the opened area by shore will save me from saving one of them.


25 lbs of walleye
 
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I've seen tracks on our pond, too, leading to the open water - appears to be mostly rabbits, but one was either a cat or a raccoon. I hope no one falls in BECAUSE THAT'S ALL I NEED! :ROFLMAO:
 

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@corgi oh boy you did great on the big fish contests! My hubby and I used to go out Salmon fishing here in Washington state. Caught some good eating! Trout too! Boats were packed from shore to shore on the lakes on open fishing for the Salmon.

Many yrs ago Salmon fishing:
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Trout so good cooked in butter over the campfire!:
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Salmon and trout from Lake Michigan's waters and tributaries is something I started as a young
man. I've been trolling Lake Michigan for trout and salmon since the salmon were reintroduced into
Lake Michigan back in the late 60's. I also love fishing with waders in the surf of the big Lake
to catch trout (steelhead) using 2 lb test leaders and long noodle rods I build. Great fun.
This is a catch of King salmon (chinook) caught trolling in Lake Michigan. This pic is from the early 90's. The bigger ones were
just over 30 lbs. Nice catch


This is a pic of the largest steelhead (rainbow trout) I've caught using 2 lb test and long rods and spawn. Wade out as far as one can, make a long cast, and wade back to the rod holders. Insert rod and go sit on the beach and wait for the rod to bend over.
This fish weighed 17 lbs. 4 oz and was caught on 2 lb test. My personal best was caught trolling with 12 lb test and weighed just over 22 lbs, however this 17 lb fish is much more a trophy considering the 2 lb test leader and the fact that I could only run so far out into the lake a couple of times during the half hour battle as it almost spooled me twice.

 
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I could never kill anything .I used to fish as a child off the covered bridge in PA but always put them back in .Lots of catfish in the water up there .My pop pop used to catch to eat them .I don't eat meat either .That is why my veggie garden is worked so hard
 

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The snow has finally left us; some future flurries predicted but nothing expected to stick around. I need to find a better swivel to for this wind spinner thingy. It hardly turns in the breeze but looks nice, anyhow.
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Thanks for the fishing pics @j.w and @corgi.

I used to regularly fly fish for steelhead in the nearby Skykomish River. These fish come back from the Pacific Ocean to their native Puget Sound area tributaries to spawn where they hatched. Unlike salmon, wild steelhead trout don’t die after their initial spawn but return again to the ocean to feed and grow. Fewer return now than in years past.

This fish was kept in the water and gently released from a barbless hook. The bright fly it bit is known as the Skykomish Sunrise.
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troutredds you need a swivel hook you can get them at craft stores .I have 2 of those and they came with a swivel hook on them .It almost looks like a fishing lure .I had to take mine down because of the wind
 

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pic of mine not clear but gives you an idea of what they look like .I got a knew one at hobby lobby here and 2 in a package were 1.29
 

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You can also pick them up at any place that sells fishing tackle. May be cheaper than craft stores.
I’m using a salmon fishing swivel and 20 lbs. test fishing line right now. I need to remove the monofilament. I’ll try a snap-swivel, like you and @sissy suggest. As I have it set up, the fishing line is twisting, not the swivel.
 
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