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Whether targeted for fun or for the table, panfish please most anglers– especially lunker crappies and hand-sized bull bluegills. Fall is a great time to catch them, but with variables like changing vegetation, cooling weather, turnover, and fall bait migrations, how do you crack the code for consistent success?

We asked four of the nation’s top panfish specialists five questions about fall crappie and bluegill fishing. Their answers will help anyone become a more successful fall panfish angler.

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The swimbait is a lure type that has gone from trophy hunting bass anglers to something used for many different species, including walleye. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be fished all year long, making them some of the most versatile lures used today.

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New Tackle for 2022

Everyone is throwing bladed jigs these days so sometimes you need to give the fish a different look and sound.

The downsized Chatterbait MiniMax has a downscaled hex-blade and other componentry, but it has the punch to handle big, tough smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass.

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By Louie Stout

Bluegill Bag Limit Absent in Hoosier Proposals

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission were slated to consider several new regulation changes at its meeting this week but don’t expect anything earth shattering.

Perhaps the most major change comes in northern pike, where the DNR Fisheries Division is recommending an increase in size limit from 20 to 24 inches. It also modifies the statewide bag limit of three to include no more than one over 30 inches.

By Louie Stout

Weed Treatments Hot Button with Anglers

DNR Assistant Biologist Tyler Delauder is shown taken samples of plant life that impact boating in Center Lake in Warsaw.

If you want to get anglers riled up, bring up the topic of lake and river associations applying chemicals to kill aquatic plants.

That topic created a firestorm on social media this week when the Indiana DNR announced it issued $585,000 in grant money to lake groups to treat weeds in Hoosier lakes. The 42 projects involve lakes in 16 counties, most of which are in the northern part of the state.

The grants are issued through the Lake and River Enhancement Fund supported by boat owners’ fees paid annually when they register their boats.

The DNR pays for 80 percent of the approved treatments and the sponsoring lake group pays the other 20 percent.

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