This is the time of year fish like bluegill feed heavy to build fat to live on during the cold months. So they will be active most of the day and it can make for a very good trip.
I have got to do a lot of bluegill fishing this year and have done real well. I have caught some nice sized ones too.
Most are caught on shoreline cover in four to six feet of water. Most of the bigger ones were caught off of the heavier wood cover close to the bank and around lay-down trees and stumps in deeper water.
It does not take a lot of expensive tackle to fish for bluegill, just good basic tackle and a light action rod and reel.
As far as bait, there are many types of bait that will work like nightcrawlers, red worms, minnows, mealworms and others.
For its size, bluegill is one of the hardest fighting fish there is. If you have not been bluegill fishing in a while, now is a good time to go.