For many anglers, the worst thing that can happen during a fishing outing is to not catch any fish.
Some will shrug it off and continue to cast while basking in the sunset, watching wildlife or catching a nap on the bank or in the boat. It’s called fishing, after all, not catching.
But the catch is the desired accomplishment, and failing to hook or land a fish will put off many an angler, whether from a waterway or the activity itself. That’s especially true of the youngest anglers.
Enter the panfish.
Bluegill, sunfish, pumpkinseed — they exist in virtually every water, and they’re usually eager to nibble if not devour a popper or hooked bait. If you want to make sure you’re going to catch fish, target panfish. For even more fun, use a light fly rod.
Erie Times-News outdoors writer Mike Bleech, in today’s FishOn! report for the Erie region, points out a number of locales where panfish are accessible and hungry, especially Eaton Reservoir, Lake Pleasant and Lake LeBoeuf. Misery Bay at Presque Isle State Park always offers up big pumpkinseed, and panfish are ubiquitous in the lagoons as well.
Enjoy the weekend. And if you catch a fish, consider sharing your photo in the Fishing and Hunting gallery.