Since the corps of engineers is not letting much water out of Joe Pool Lake I am pretty much limited to pond fishing. In order to extend the cool morning I started at 5:30 while it was still dark. The pond bottom is full of pond weed so a bobber is a must, and I used one of the new Thill 4 inch lighted bobbers this morning.
It worked pretty well. It is a good thing I started early because by 8:00 AM the bite was all over. The fish came from shallow water right next to the cattails and from the deeper water by the edges of the weed beds.
There has been a lot of loud argument lately on what makes the sunfish stunted in a lake or pond. The biggest bluegill are about 7 inches and the hybrid green/bluegill run to 8 inches. The fish are fat and healthy. The pond has plenty of vegetation. It is full of 14 inch black bass and 11 inch bullhead catfish. Fishing is largely catch and release. There seems to be no reason the bluegill should be stunted except maybe genetics. The pond was stocked 25 years or so ago but not lately. It would benefit greatly from a fresh infusion of genes from large stocked fish.
I also saw several large birds feeding in the grass and in the cattails. Maybe one of the bird experts can tell me what they are.