If you fished in American lakes, rivers, streams, or ponds as a kid, you probably have many memories of catching bluegills. These distinctively colored fish are small and easy to catch, making them a great target for young anglers. Plus, they tend to swim in shallow, slow-moving waters. To catch more of these popular panfish, check out the bluegill fishing tips below.
Bluegill Fishing Tips
Stick with light rods and reels. Because bluegills are small, use a light rod and reel so that you can easily feel them bite. The more bites you sense, the greater the likelihood that you’ll catch a lot of fish!
Use small hooks. Bluegills have small mouths, so you need to use a small hook (between no. 6 and no. 10) to catch them. Choose hooks with long shanks, so that you can easily remove them from the bluegills’ mouths.
Fish during daylight. If you were planning to fish after dark, revise your plans. Bluegills fish by sight and so primarily feed during daylight hours.
Avoid thick fishing line. Because bluegills are sight feeders, they may notice a thicker fishing line. Stick to line weights with a 2- to 6-pound test.
Use a bobber. Bobber fishing works well with bluegills, allowing you to easily spot a nibbling fish. Use a somewhat small bobber, so that the fish can’t sense the resistance. Also, stay alert if you don’t want the fish to steal your bait, because bluegills are known to nibble bait off hooks!
Find or buy live bait. The most common baits for bluegills are worms or night crawlers. Because bluegills are small and you don’t want to waste your bait, use only a small portion of the worm each time you replace the bait. You could also use crickets, grasshoppers, or meal worms. Place the bait securely on the hook, so the bluegills can’t steal it!
Stay still. Try to keep the bait somewhat motionless, because bluegills don’t like to chase their dinners. Slow movement is okay, but if you jerk around the bait, the fish will notice and steer clear of it.
Stick to shallow water. Bluegills typically swim in shallow water or slow-moving areas of streams and rivers. They are easiest to catch during spawning season, which begins when the surface temperature reaches about 68-70 degrees. If you find a good spot, make note of it, because bluegills typically use the same spawning areas year after year.
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