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Big panfish smash big lures.

Posted on September 15th, 2021

I love to fish for a variety of fish. Everything from trophy fish to what I like to call “big small-fish”. Yes, I’m referring to chunky panfish like Pumpkinseed and Bluegill.

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Benjamin Chester and Barbara Labignan smiling as they land double-header Pumpkinseed on crankbaits.

While most of the time I fish for these using ultralight outfits, light line and small plastic grubs and fish, there are times in late summer when they are very aggressive and will regularly strike large lures meant for Walleye and Bass.

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Benjamin Chester with a chunky Pumpkinseed that struck a Walleye crankbait.

I find these aggressive, larger Panfish especially off weedline, weed-beds and rock-piles in open-water. Recently we were fishing in eastern Lake Ontario and kept catching them trolling for Walleye.

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Barbara Labignan with a chunky White Perch that hit a Walleye crankbait.

It’s nice to know that if the Walleye fishing is slow you can always take home a bunch of eating size Panfish!

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This Rockbass hit the larger crankbait in open-water while targeting suspended Walleye.

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