Want some fast fishing? Try bluegill spawn
As we approached the back of a cove, we were greeted by a welcome sight.
A honeycomb of circles covered the shallows, indicating that the bluegills had fanned out nests.
Over some of them, the faint shadow of a big bull ‘gill could be seen, just daring us to invade his territory.
Roger Sigler and I cast small plastic twister tails beyond the nests and let them drift down into the craters. And often, we watched a big bluegill dart out to hammer our baits.
That took place for almost a half-hour until the live well of my boat was filled with a school of tasty panfish.
It was fast fishing at its finest, something I look forward to each May and early June.
When the water temperature pushes 70 degrees, the bluegills will move to sheltered areas in the back of coves and they’ll build their spawning “villages.”
They’re easy to find—several rows of fanned-out nests that stand out in the shallows. I like to cast small plastics to the spawning areas, but I’ll also use crickets and pieces of worms under a bobber. Others like to use a fly rod to present small flies or marabou jigs to the feisty panfish.
Either way, on an ultralight rod or a fly rod, the bluegills put up a giant fight.
The best fishing usually takes place from late May into mid June. Once it starts to get hot, the fry disperse and the adult bluegills move deeper. But by then, we’ve usually caught hundreds of the panfish in the most fun of ways, getting to watch them dart up and strike.
That’s it for now. See you on the water.
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