Seems appropriate to start a new fishing thread. Anyone gone yet? I'm going INSANE. Been out to two different lakes three times over the last two weeks (that's when the ice finally thawed) and haven't even gotten a nibble. It was 18F the first time and I about froze my fingers off. The second time was warmish, but the water was freezing. Got nothing over the course of 6 hours. Went again today, and it started blasting freaking SNOW 30 seconds after I got there so I left.
The lake I frequent is chocked full of panfish -- you can pull out 8" - 10" perch after perch after perch + tons of bluegill -- my last fishing session last year, I'd throw a nightcrawler out, then immediately start reeling in and I'd have a big perch by the time it reached shore. Caught the 40 limit in an hour. ItÃ¢??s annoying cleaning them, but they are so damn tasty when breaded and dipped in cocktail sauce. Occasionally I'll get a big LM bass or massive carp. Not much catfish.
The other lake I frequent is full of crappie, perch, bass and alligator gar.
I ultimately fish for panfish and alligator gar. I think panfish are under-appreciated (they're feisty little bastards).
Anyone catching anything yet? Do you do it for sport or eating (or both)? Please, share recipes, tips, tricks, anything. I'm about to drop some tiny hooks in my aquarium at this point