Bluegill is common in most places, in ponds, small lakes and even river running into lakes.
These fish can be caught with many different methods in normal weather, and you can catch them on different kinds of lures when ice fishing too.
Many anglers will tell you to use a small gold spoon, suspended vertically. When you’re in the fish, this one usually works. If, however, you’re having trouble but still believe you’re sitting over bluegills, move to a lighter color or even switch your presentation to a weight fly. Think about what the fish normally eat in the given water. Jigs with waxworms tend to work well too.
In my experience, you can catch bluegills at the beginning of a season better than any other time. When we hit the lake in spring, it’s bluegill. When I ice fish early in the season, it’s usually for bluegill. Sometimes they just jump onto your hook. Other times it’s a bit harder to find them.
Here I’ll share some general guidelines about finding bluegill. These hold true quite a bit of time, but each body of water is unique can fish can act differently. You’re fishing where you catch them last year, or in the summer, and it’s not working. In this case, give some consideration to the fall time weather that led up to the freeze. If you had a pleasant fall, the vegetation is probably good and bluegill might be lurking in the shallows. If, on the other hand, it was a hard fall with low temperatures and cold winds, they fish may have headed into the deeper water.
Murky waters can also send bluegill to the deeper water. In clearer water, they’ll stay in the shallows for the vegetation.
About the author uthor
Jason Pitcock has been fishing for over 30 years and ice fishing for more than 10. He enjoys passing on his
fishing tips to his young daughter while fishing in their farm pond.
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