My buddy Jay met me out flyfishing Sunday evening. At long last, this particular pond is pretty much free of its wide band of algae that typically clogs the entire shoreline all summer. The geese and ducks have the shallows pretty muddied up right now. I tried a topwater for bass, but did not get any along the stretch of shore I tried. We fished for panfish instead, and caught plenty. Mostly we caught Bluegills, with a few naturally-occuring Hybrid Sunfish. I hoped for crappies, but did not catch any. We tried a variety of fly patterns. As long as it was chartreuse, it seemed to catch fish well.
In Iowa, the "Master Angler" qualifying size for Pumpkinseed Sunfish is 9". We did not catch any quite that big, but each caught Pumpkinseeds that measured 8.5", which was new personal bests for each of us. Such beautiful fish!!
I did catch one bass while fishing for the sunfish. Most of the Hybrid Sunfish were moderate size, the 8.5-incher below was the largest, and also appears to have had a Pumpkinseed as one of the parents.