Welcome to our bluegill fishing tips section. Catching bluegill really isn’t much different than other panfish and crappie. They are fun and easy to catch if you are a beginner and best of all you don’t need expensive gear. If you are an advanced angler you can target the larger 2 lb + bluegill which are a little more challenging. Once you get the hang of it and find a nice school of fish you can pull them out of the water all day long. When I go bluegill fishing I usually catch them by the dozen, making it fun for fishermen of all skill levels. They give a decent little fight and are pretty tasty making them excellent game fish. While it is true that they are relatively easy to catch, knowing their patterns and eating habits will help you land some trophy sized fish. Check out the information below to up your bluegill fishing game.
Bluegill Background Information and Facts
Bluegill are panfish and will often school with other panfish and smaller species such as rockbass, perch, and crappie. This is a huge plus because once you find one you can be sure that there are dozens nearby. They belong to the species Lepomis Marcochirus and are commonly referred to as bream or brim fish. The vast majority of these fish will never make it past a pound, but experienced fisherman can find bluegill that are over 2 lbs. In rare cases they can grow upwards of 4 lbs. This fish tend to hang out in slower moving water and usually take cover in shady areas. Common hideouts include: large rocks, docks, weed beds, sunken logs, and under large boats. This fish prey on small insects, minnows, and zooplankton. They have a huge appetite, making them relatively easy to target. These fish bite all year round but are most aggressive during the spawn.
How To Catch Bluegill and Fishing Tips
Catching smaller blue gill is really easy. They will literally bite anything that is in front of them. Catching larger bluegill is more of a challenge. Below are the main tips for landing trophy sized bluegill.
- Use very thin line. You only need 4 to 6 lbs test line to land this species. Any larger and the fish will not bite.
Use tiny hooks and jigs. These fish have very small mouths and small hooks should be used at all times. Even for the larger ones.
- Jig slow. Jigging is the best way to land bluegill. They are slow moving lazy fish so do not reel too quickly or you’ll blow right by them.
- Use live bait. Live bait is by far the most effective way to catch them. A small piece of a worm or a cricket are my go to bait.
- Once you find one keep fishing the hole- there will be plenty more.
- Attract the fish using break or chips. Throw some breadcrumbs or chips into the water where you are fishing and wait. This will attract bluegills from all around making them easy targets.
Bluegill Lures and Bait
These fish will literally eat anything. I have caught numerous bluegill on a hook alone. You can literally catch dozens of them using a small red hook and a sinker. I have even seen them bite the sinker! Many things will work to catch bluegill, but there are a few go to bait that just seem to work better. A simple hook sinker and piece of a worm is my best weapon. A cricket works well too, I have caught my biggest bluegill on a cricket. If you don’t want to use live bait you can use a piece of bread rolled into a little ball-this usually only works well for smaller fish though. I typically avoid using replica baits or lures altogether, I find they are no match for live bait when targeting bluegill.