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Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Battling bluegill fight to the end


If there ever was a fish that had no fear and would fight to the very end it would be the bluegill.

The bluegill might be the smallest fish in the lake or pond but it is by far the most aggressive fish for its size. In a lot of small ponds you will see so many bluegill that the pond will be overrun by small or runt bluegill. When this happens a pond can quickly be ruined. Some of the options to correct this are to drain the pond and to restock it with better-size bluegill and then to use a better plan of pond management to keep the pond in balance.

The Fish and Wildlife folks can help you with these types of problems if you contact them. Also, you can put larger game fish like bass in the pond to eat the smaller bluegill and keep the pond right.

What happens when a pond is overrun by smaller, runt-size bluegill is that there are more fish than the pond has food to support. Or there are not enough bigger fish like the bass or catfish to eat the smaller fish. But on the other hand, a pond that has been taken care of in the right way can produce some of the largest bluegills you will ever see.

I have a very good friend that I used to work with. His family has a good-size pond that gets its water supply from the run-off of very rich fertile soil. This makes for ideal conditions to raise giant bluegills. I was invited to fish in this pond and I must say I caught some of the biggest bluegill I have ever caught in my life. This is what you can get out of a well managed farm pond if you do it right. A pond like this will bring enjoyment to young and old alike for several generations.

Now if the big lakes are more your style of fishing then you are in luck also because bluegill are found in almost every lake I know of. The bluegill is most active during the daytime hours and will feed during most of the day.

I have seen times during the hottest times of summer when the bluegills would just suspend in shallow water next to cover and would not feed. When you see times like this, try to find wood or rock cover in deeper cooler water.

You can fish with a bobber or straight down. Try baits like minnows, nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets or meal worms. All these baits will do good. Also look for bluegill hanging out close to boat docks or any kind of floating structure.

The bluegill is a member of the panfish family also called the sunfish. The bluegill is also known as a sun granny in some places. There is a strain of a hybrid bluegill called a shell cracker bluegill. This is the largest and most aggressive member of the bluegill family. These fish are darker colored than a regular bluegill.

You can check the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Internet site for locations of the best bluegill fishing in your area.

If you want to contact me with any type of fishing question, or just want more information, please write me at gabbysfishingfever@yahoo.com.


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