As a small specie, the bluegill is relatively easy to catch compared with other species like catfish and carp. Introducing kids and beginners to fishing for bluegills is one of the best ways to get them to start fishing. Bluegill is one of the most common fish in all fresh waters. They can be seen frequently in lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and backwaters. Although some anglers have upgraded to catch larger species, a variety of all-age anglers still fish for bluegills. Despite the fact that they are small in size, it is still fun to catch bluegill.
Bluegill can be caught all year round in most places, but the best time to fish for bluegill would be spring and summer when it’s the spawning season for them. The average size of bluegill is about 4 to 8 inches, a lot easier to catch with a good range of tackle and techniques.
Always go for the light gear
Bluegills have a small mouth, and they won’t grow into large sizes, so when fishing for them, always go for the ultra-light rod and reel. An ultra-light rod with a reel enables you to feel the fish bite effectively. Light line is essential as well; it’s unlikely for fish to notice in clear water, as bluegills always prefer shallow water. Speaking of light-weight fishing rod and reel, a telescopic fishing rod and reel combo can make a nice ready-to-go gear. First of all, they are made for beginners who just learned to fish. Secondly, they are very lightweight and sensitive. Most importantly, they are more budget and affordable than other fishing rods. If you want to get a lightweight fishing rod, a telescopic fishing rod can be a decent option. Check the video below about how YouTuber catches bluegill from a boat.
Keep your bait and hooks small
Bluegills are eager to bite the bait and can be quite curious. Using artificial baits can be an effective way to catch bluegill, as they rely more on sight than other senses. The fact that they have a small mouth, which means you will have to downsize your fishing baits. Small hooks work best for small bait, easy for casting as well.
Search for ponds and lakes
If you don’t know where to start fishing for bluegill, look for the ponds and lakes near your area online. They prefer slow-moving waters, so a lake or pond can make one of the best bluegill fishing spots. If you are trying to fish from the bank, always approach to the bank cautiously so the fish near the bank would not notice your presence. And the best time of the day to fish from the back is the morning near sunrise and the late afternoon near sunrise, that’s the time they are most active although they might bite all day long.
It’s normal if there is no bite. But don’t get frustrated. Although we mentioned that bluegill like shallow water, they can get spooked or startled very easily. So when there is no bite, try deep bottoms where the oxygen remains high and they can still breathe. Try using some crankbaits that make some noise while swimming, which mimics a live fish. This can catch their attention. Spool the reel to feel the vibration of the lure.