Nicely done Lance! No pictures of the girl and her fish?
Bass this time of year, up here, can be very difficult to catch, especially larger ones. Largemouths are considered a warm water fish, so their metabolism slows down tremendously when the water gets cold. So you need to slow down your presentation if you want to have a shot at catching one. I've caught a few on open water this year and a couple through the ice as well, but nothing with any size. That will hopefully change this weekend, however, when I get to hit a private pit near Palmyra.
The other day we caught a few of these...
Yellow bass. An incredibly invasive species here in the Midwest. Can absolutely ruin a lake. I knew they were in this lake, but this was the first time catching them and was very disappointed to do so. Another large local lake had to be completely drained and renovated because of this fish.
An update on the pond, it's holding water nicely...except I don't want it to yet, since we're only about halfway done. So I'll be buying a pump and/or renting a backho to get the water out of there so we can resume work on it.
On an aside note, a buddy of mine made the cover of this month's issue of In-Fisherman. Pretty cool. He raises monster bluegill and wipers around Lincoln. That's him in the bottom left. And yes, he grows bluegill 2+ pounds.