Here are some fall bluegill fishing techniques that anglers can use to catch more bluegill. As the weather starts to turn cold it often seems that the bluegill bite gets better. Anglers heading out to the water in the fall may be surprised at the number and size of bluegills that can be caught with a little effort. Here is some advice and techniques for anglers to get started with fall bluegill fishing, but anglers should remember to experiment to find what works best in their area.
In fall, as with all other times of the year, bluegill are most often found located near structure. Look for bluegills near vegetation, sunken logs, rock outcroppings, creek channels (in lakes), etc. Jigs, small spinners, and other lures that can be fished over and around objects in the water are great for locating bluegill in these areas. Bluegill may not move far from the structure that they were caught from in summer. This is especially true when the weather change has not been dramatic.
The weather during fall can vary greatly and bluegill may be found at a variety of depths, but 10 feet or so of water is a common fall location in many lakes. Anglers can start fishing at this depth and then experiment until the bluegill are located. In rivers or other streams, look for bluegill to be located near the edges of deep pools especially when structure is present.
During fall, leaves that fall or are washed into the water will often stain the water. Small ponds and stream may even turn black from the leave’s tannins. Anglers will need to use lures that are flashy and loud to attract fish in these waters where their visibility will be greatly limited. Small inline spinners are just one choice for a productive lure for finding bluegill in stained water.
Nightcrawlers and garden worms are always a favorite of bluegill. Drifting worms at various depths is a great way locate and catch bluegill no matter the season. A small blade can be attached above the hook to add some flash. The added blade is also helpful when drifting the worm in deep water or any other area with little light.