Took my 7 and 9 year old boys out fishing on Victoria day, as they were off school. Plan was to target the big panfish and possibly some pike.
Started off fishing Rapalas and spinnerbaits, no pike hits, just a few big bass. I downsized my 9 year old to a smaller lure, he started catching big rock bass on every cast.
Switched my 7 year old to a worm and bobber combo, he started catching a mix bag of panfish, including rock bass, perch and big Bluegill sunfish.
As the day wore on and the temperature kept climbing, the sunfish seemed to grow in size. Lure fishing died down, they were both on the worm and bobber system for most of the afternoon., catching fish on nearly every cast.
Some of the pumkinseed sunfish were close to 1 lb, and the bluegills were even bigger, many hitting 12 inches. They caught a good 50 or 60 of them, the action was often non stop, so I barely had time to fish. Needless to say, they were thrilled with the outing.
Seems like the heat wave kickstarted the spawn, we saw many species doing the mating dance, including bass, carp and gar.