Hello,everyone i have been reading on here for a couple years now but have not registered until now.I have always been mostly a bass fisherman but here lately the wife and kids are wanting to go bluegill fishing.So i was wondering if someone could give me a little direction on where to go to catch some big eating size gills.Also maybe what they seem to be biting on and kinda what there doing now depth ect.I am close to lakes like laurel,cedar creek,cumberland.Thanks in advance
I agree but crappie nipplets on a jig work well. If the float is not working go deadline. Nolin lake has pound for pound the largest blue gill and they taste good. Black 1/32 oz feather jig "popeye jig". I find that cabin creek are the best, they hold up well.
Cedar Creek .... shallow flats, near the bottom, crickets/waxworms/piece of nightcrawler/red worm (they should be bedding right about now). Keep moving around until you find a bedding area with the larger fish. Try out a little deeper (>6ft) and you may encounter some Shellcracker beds. I seem to catch bigger Shellcrackers, than I do Bluegill. TAKE PLENTY OF BAIT, and a variety wouldn't be a bad idea, either !!
Herrington (if it's accessable & fishable) .... wax worm on a black feather/white head Popeye jig, under a small float, about 4-6ft deep, around the cliff walls & stair step rock banks. Don't be surprised if you hook up with a catfish, freshwater drum, or bass ... or anything else that swims in that lake .. LOL !! (wouldn't surprise me if this would work on C-land Lake, as well)
Any lake that has a stable water level ... sunfish should be bedding (full moon period).
Sounds like "Mom & the kids" don't want to go "fishing" ..... they want to go "catching" LOL !!
.... luck2ya ... pappy
Thanks everyone for all the help we are going to try and go this evening.I will report back
I grew up bluegill fishing, and crickets are tough to beat - however the last couple of years, I've found myself fishing with small minnows now more often. With the small minnows, you catch larger bluegill and get more "other" bites like catfish, largemouth, smallmouth, white bass, crappie, shellcracker, etc.
This is handy info. I haventfished for anything but LM and Crappie since i was a wee little guy. But I love eatin gills, so i may go try and get teh wife into some bluegill somewhere... when I did gill fish, it was always crickets and small chunks of nightcrawler with no bobber...may have to give the bobber a try as it make sit easier on th wife and eventally my 2 year old daughter may get into it... cant wait to buy her a snoopy pole...
Thanks guys for all the help.Ihad not fished for anything other than bass for quite some time.We went to cedar yesterday and let me tell you we had a blast.Probably caught over 75 bluegill had a hard time finding bigger ones though,caught 4 lm largest was probably 3lbs and caught 6 nice cats they are spawning now also as all of them were full of eggs when i put the knife to them.I felt bad for keeping them with them full of eggs but my mind could not overpower my stomach.All we used was pink and white popeyes tipped with wax worms or crickets.The wax worms seem to work a little better.I had not been to cedar in a couple years but it is really good fishery just a lot of boat traffic for its size.