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Then you can plan on fishing for them at peak times of the year.

Back to basics for spring bluegills

I recommend giving it a shot at spawning time. Big bluegills spawn deeper than small ones, so it can pay to fish deeper than usual. The deep edges of spawning colonies hold the bigger fish. Midsummer is a good time to target big bluegill, because they're eating a lot due to warm water temperatures. The biggest fish may live deeper than the "keepers," so 30 ft.

For these big bluegill, it's a good idea to use somewhat larger baits than you would for normal bluegill fishing. Good-sized leeches, multiple small worms, or a sizable grasshopper are more likely to catch pie-pan-sized fish than the typical offerings. Small minnows are also a possibility as bait. The periods right at ice-up and right before ice-out are top bets in winter.

These are times to scale back to small baits. Your good research will turn up more dates and seasons when lots of big fish are caught. These are other key times to add to your fishing calendar. For instance, I have a friend who targets big northern pike at a certain time in January every winter. His notes from prior years showed a clear pattern. It's no surprise his picture is on the wall of the nearest bait shop! Fully exploring the Internet will also give you some great ideas and tips.

This is a great article about big bluegill and what it takes to grow them, plus it gives more advice on finding the right waters to fish. It can be very tough to find and catch trophy bluegill. A really big bluegill tends to be a lone fish or may be a member of a small group. Big bluegills won't be in the typical schools of 20 to 30 fish, like small ones.

As a big bluegill grows past ten inches, its face usually becomes somewhat flat. The fish may not be shaped like the normal sunfish profile. Its mouth may seem to open from a flat head. The world record bluegill weighed 4 pounds, twelve ounces. It was caught in a small pond in Birmingham, AL. The record has stood since Here's an article about the record. It also tells about the hard luck of the guy who came in second place. There are two bluegill fishing tips you can use that will drastically increase your success for all sizes of bluegills.

When bluegill fishing, it's best to use four-pound-test line in most situations. Bluegills have incredible eyesight and can see fishing line. Big bluegill aren't dumb like the little ones; they reject baits that seem suspicious. Big bluegills got big by being cautious and smart, and they prefer to stay alive! Knowing this, some anglers go a step further and use two-pound-test line.

This is a smart move when you're targeting trophy fish that are wary. It also helps when bluegills are picky, and in clear water where line is more visible. You'll get far more bites on small diameter line. But a big bluegill will break your line if you lift him out of the water. The best thing to do is to net the big bluegill instead. It's no fun when a trophy bluegill gets away. You need a tougher line around trees, brush, and thick weeds, in case a fish tangles you up.

Still, you don't want the bluegills to see it. A strong fluorocarbon line is a good option for these areas, because it's invisible underwater. The second key is to learn to fly-fish. Then, as you're on the water, you'll want to watch for bluegills and bream feeding on the surface. They do this during insect hatches.

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In calm water, you'll see circular ripples on the surface where the fish are coming up to slurp in these bugs. When that happens, it's time to pull out the fly gear and go after 'em. You should be able to catch plenty. As author Bruce Carlson says in his excellent book Beneath the Surface ,. Feeding sunfish seem to be almost totally uncritical when it comes to taking a fly or small popper I find that it is often ten times more effective than still-fishing with live bait. While we've focused on bluegills, let's not forget about the other sunfish species. Many of these are very pretty fish and they're fun to catch as well.

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For instance, I was happy to catch the colorful pumpkinseed sunfish pictured here. It measured eight and three-quarters inches long. You can often catch these other species using the same baits and lures that you use for bluegill and bream fishing. However, there are some differences between bluegills and these species, such as their preferred foods and typical locations. Most people go bluegill fishing in lakes, reservoirs, and large rivers.

Other places that should be considered are streams and small rivers. Even little streams can provide outstanding action. One time my brother and I had a blast catching bluegills in a small Texas stream. Most people wouldn't have fished there, but we tried it and got bite after bite. A point to remember about rivers and streams is to fish in areas of slack water and pools. You'll have best success in places where the current is broken or slow.

The fish don't usually live in runs, riffles, or fast-flowing water. One of the best bluegill fishing tips I can give you is to fish for bluegill and bream in the right ponds. The key is to pick ponds that also have a predator species like largemouth bass; if there are not enough predators, the pond produces tons of small bluegills.

How to Catch Big Bluegill. Exciting Bluegill Tips and Tricks!

The trouble is that there isn't enough food for all of them. Stealth was often important — the longer the cast the better, especially in cold water. Light action spinning rods spooled with braid were the best way to achieve those long casts, although we would switch to a pound test mono leader if they were finicky. But if the bite is really on, I recommend running straight braid as hook ups with bass and big crappies are likely.

Earlt spring bluegills are prespawn, hungry and aggressive. From there the plan was simple: It also has built-in weight, so no need for adding split shot or anything else to the line. Combined with a loop knot, any little ripple on the surface makes the jig move down there, and the bluegills love it. We would always tip the jig with either wax worms or spikes.

Either is more effective than nightcrawlers on bluegills in cold water, and much less messy. This can make casting difficult and dangerous for the other person in a small boat, so I recommend going to a long rod to help with that. The action can be unbelievable, and is a great way to get kids or beginners hooked on fishing. Several years ago when my wife and I were just dating, it felt right to give it a try.

I told her the action would be crazy, so we headed to the lake. We found the fish, anchored up and caught them on every single cast until we were tired of taking fish off the hook. She finally believed my stories about how good it can be and still talks about how fun that day was.

It may be time to give it another shot!

How to Introduce Kids to Fishing / How to Catch Bluegill

Consistent action of good bluegill fishing is a good way to get kids hooked. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Nothing better than spawning smallies! A video posted by FishSens Technology fishsens on Jun 29, at 1: