Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

DLD24

Bluegill guys

9 posts in this topic

I found a lake that looks great for big bluegills and also a guy from work said there's a lot of 1lbers in it....its 130 acres and it says the max depth is 7.5ft,but the guy at work said hes found 12ft...It says it's clear with mostly a mucky bottom...Where would you guys start looking for the gills...I don't fish gills much...Would you guys try and find the holes or try around shoreline areas?? Thanks for any help

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, DLD24 said:

I found a lake that looks great for big bluegills and also a guy from work said there's a lot of 1lbers in it....its 130 acres and it says the max depth is 7.5ft,but the guy at work said hes found 12ft...It says it's clear with mostly a mucky bottom...Where would you guys start looking for the gills...I don't fish gills much...Would you guys try and find the holes or try around shoreline areas?? Thanks for any help

Without knowing the lake much, we fish a lake at the cabin and usually do pretty well picking them up on the last 10 feet or so on the edge of the weed line.  Shallow lake like that though may have some weeds throughout or nowhere though.  Changes in the lake bottom are usually where I try and start.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have fished a decent sized private pond that has huge bluegills in it for about 10 years now.  When I first hit it, which was also during my formative time ice fishing, I stuck to the shoreline structure in the arms and small bays of pond and did 'ok', pulling out the odd 12in bass and 10in+ bluegill from time to time (6-7ft depth). 

On one really slow day I went out to the dam part of the pond and worked my way into the "middle" of the main body of the pond (no visible structure).  I found a trough that went parallel the dam shoreline that was 10 to 14ft deep, and that's where the fish were hiding during the winter.  Last Sunday I picked up a 13.5 inch crappie, lost another, and caught 2 ten inch BG and sorted through a bunch of 8 to 9 inchers throwing most back.  So my advice to you is to find the deepest pockets in the lake and hit those.  The deep areas seem to, at least for this pond, hold the schooled fish and maybe it will be true for your lake too.  Make sure you have plenty of waxies because you'll burn through them if the fish are active! Good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hey kiowa, if your fishing said lake and keep pulling in those bass when your searching for gills do you simply move or will the gills frequent the same areas as the bass?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

rundrave,

I will catch the odd bass when I have found the gills, but in my experience the bass seem to hang near the structure (shore and downed trees)  and don't mix much with the schooled pan fish which seem to be drawn to the changes in depth in otherwise structure-less areas. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I was fishing that shallow lake I would cut a loy of holes and bring my camera. A flasher does not cover much water when you have less than 10' between you and the bottom-but in a clear shallow lake the camera is a big help. Good luck.

BartmanMN likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DLD24, nice fish.  I'm betting there are some big schools in that lake so take Th64's advice to find them.

If you do find yourself on some 'gills the following tips might help you get a few more bites if the fish are finicky. My go-to lure for bluegills is a small tear drop that glows (usually green) tipped with a waxy.  In my experience BG like a more vertical presentation instead of a horizontal one.  Also, since BG have such small mouths I tend to us the smallest waxies that I can find in the tub AND this is very important, hook them so that none of the hook tip is exposed.  I like to place it through the body and have the hook tip just under the head of the worm.  Sometimes gills 'taste' a potential meal by partially inhaling it into their mouths, if they detect the hard barb they usually spit it.

If the fish are hungry no worries, they'll inhale it no matter what.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would try plastics it tends to keep the smaller gills away and the big ones will eat them with out an issue. 

Musky Face likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now



  • Posts

    • arby's fries frozen?  at supermarket?  have to look for them...
    • Oh, just like the Rompers you are wearing around town then.
    • Made some frozen Arby's fries tonight and wow they were great. I would be sold just on the fries alone in this thing.   11mins cooked frozen, better and quicker than the drive thru lol
    • Actually the guy at ace was pretty close. These little guys are for framing steel studs before sheetrocking,  but yes they also could be for sheet metal work even though they are black . But your right hawg sharp and go in fast. 
    • What  a sweet find !!   Even better that you had a camera handy !!
    • Great trade and as of last year I know I wasn't ready to part with Lavine and his potential but that all changed when he went down with the injury.  I hope Lavine becomes a stud for Chicago in a few years but our time to win is now with this addition!!  Great move giving up hope for a top 15 player in the league that plays D is brilliant with the young studs we still have on roster.  Now all we need to do is add another player or 2 in free agency to strengthen our bench and we will be looking good.  Excited for the free agency to start!!! Playoffs here we come!!!!!! GO WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!
    • http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/06/22/mall-of-america-slips/   Classic case of doctors juicing up a medical claim with a series of failed therapies, creating a life long patient and a corporation with deep pockets to bill for those services.  Think not?  Dont be so naive.  Nobody wanted to fix her, they just wanted to keep billing, sad deal that happens all too often.          
    • That Drouin contract at 5.5 is kind of bad for us right now. Nino is far more proven than him and Granlund has had the beast season out of the 3 of them. Hard to see anything under 5 for each of them. 
    • Looks like the Wild moved Schroeder for....another Schroeder.  Maybe the new guy will be more consistent.   I see Evander Kane is on the trade market.  On the expensive side, but if the Wild decide to move Scandella instead of Dumba, that would free up more money.  A guy capable of scoring 30+ goals with some size would be sweet.     I am thinking Granlund and Nino each sign for in between 4-5$ mil each.  Hopefully less and hopefully Pominville will restructure a little.  Doesn't leave a ton of cap space for free agents or other guys.     Lots of moving parts in Chicago.  They seem to be moving a lot of parts around to try to work with their cap situation.  
  • Our Sponsors