I have an important subject that needs to be addressed. It is our panfisheries in the northeast ohio area. I have many theories and opinions on whats happening, who's to blame, what can be done to fix it, and how to maintain longterm harvestable populations. I am starting this thread to promote awareness and get input from other anglers on what they think should or shouldn't change to make things better. First, we'll start with the bluegill family. This will include Bluegills, Redears, Longears, and Pumpkinseeds. These fish require thoughtful management practices in heavily harvested areas like Northeast Ohio's lakes and reservoirs. There is a delicate balance between natural predation, angler harvest, available food sources for all year classes, and angler harvest. I am not a biologist and because of the many factors at work here I'm not sure if anything here will positively work. Bluegills are VERY prolific they are what you would call the perfect breeding/eating machine. There are a few general ratios for what the predator versus prey in a lake or pond should be. None of the ratios specify things like, weed growth, bottom compostion, depth structure, and water quality. The more weeds there are the more young fish that survive. The more young fish that survive will exhaust food sources quicker. Lakes that have more weeds should have higher ratios of predator fish to counteract the growth of preyfish populations. Lakes that have primarily sand, gravel, or rock bottoms produce few weeds and weeds are usually confined to smaller portions of the lake. Each bottom composition is composed of its own ability to produce unique forage bases. The depths that the bottom compostions exist in also plays a major role in this as well. From my experience I notice that lakes that are primarily hard bottomed produce fewer on average but bigger bluegills in public waters. Lakes that are half mud bottom and half sand or hard bottom produce more numbers of a variety of year classes.(portage lakes) Lakes that are primarily mud bottomed produce large numbers of smaller on average bluegills. Bluegills in shallower mud bottomed lakes need an extra heavy harvest from us anglers. The mud bottoms produce more weeds which leads to much higher nest success and then the weeds provide excellent cover and food for young fish. The bluegills then become overabundant exhausting hatches of insects very rapidly. This leads to stunting and long term genetic harm to a population. These lakes need our help to add more predators and increase our personal harvest. I know thats hard for some you die hard C/R guys but its the truth. Other lakes though need the exact opposite. Some lakes can naturally sustain populations of harvestable bluegills without our help and harvest should be limited on these waters. Those types of lakes are generally deeper with primarily hard bottom compositions. This decreases nest success by leaving spawning adults wide open for attack from predators. This also leads to increased mortality on young fish. The surviving fish have plenty to eat and grow unlimited by foodsource depletion. I know this has all gotten pretty deep. There is so much to cover and it's just not possible to cover all of the scenarios out there but I'm sure you guys all get the point. WE NEED TO PUSH FOR SITE SPECIFIC MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON OUR LAKES. We all have to admit that stocking programs and harvest limits are too generalized. One way doesn't work for all. Crappies should have a 9" minimum length limit for ALL lakes(unless overpopulation is present) and harvest limits should vary according to factors such as a lakes size, available food sources, etc. Yellow perch on inland lakes is a lost science to me. I don't understand enough about them. I am asking the people of this website to become more proactive for the improvement of our panfishing. This means setting personal harvest limits (within the law) and start thinking about the future when you load up a bucket with 50 or 100 crappies or Big bluegills or Perch. Think to yourself "can this water support my harvest?" "If I take this many can I come back tommorrow or next year and catch as many?" If you're catching tons of small fish and the lake is known for small fish maybe you should ask: "Should I really keep throwing these back?" " By doing nothing to thin them out am I really helping anything?" I BELIEVE THE PANFISHING COULD BE BETTER AND WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART! I WANT TO RECIEVE INPUT ON THIS FROM ANYONE WHO WANTS MORE AND BIGGER PANFISH.