Have always fished them - but recently have decided that I really wanted to learn about them. I've spent a real decent number of hours fishing Bluegill this summer, and recently fall - and have already picked up quite a bit of new information.
1. They taste as good as Perch. This surprised me, because my recollection of eating BG as a kid was a bony, overcooked fish that I insisted on keeping. Well years later, having fileted my own - and cooked several different ways (fried is still best!) - I have a whole new appreciation.
2. They can be hard to catch when the water gets in the 50s. I still see lots of BG - but have trouble getting them to take a fly or even a bit of worm. Some fish are still agressive and I caught 20 "keepers" (over 6-7" on my home lake) in about 2 hours time. Many nice fish would come up and study my offering and never bite.
I'm curious for you northern BG fisherman - should I keep downsizing? I know lots of Ice fisherman in these parst use waxworms, and maggots - as well as ise fishing "jigs".
Any suggestions on fishing BG in Late fall? I see them most right now on the outer edge of the weeds. They are still "surface feeding" at times - looks like they are chasing emerging insects - but not as much as 2-3 weeks ago.
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