Do you love big bluegill?
HI SMOLTZ !! TRY FISHING AROUND ; RIP RAP ;; ( ROCKS; ABOUT THE SIZE ; OF A GOOD SIZED CANTALOPE !) USUALLY;; ITS A REAL GOOD AREA TO TRY; AND IF POSSIBLE;; IF THERE IS A LARGE SHADE TREE;; AT THE RIP RAP FISH;; THE SHADEY AREAS !! ALL AROUND THE TREE ! BRUCE TOMASELLI;; IS ALSO FROM PA;;;; PORTAGE PA;; TO BE EXACT;; MAYBE HE CAN ALSO HELP YOU; BUT;; NOT TILL AFTER THE STANLY HOCKY CUP !! AND;;;; IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE;; A PENQUIN FAN;;;; IVE GOT A CATFISH FOR YOU ;; LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Try fishing nightcrawler pieces drop shot style very slowly anywhere you can reach. Cover as much water as possible and figure out a pattern. Keeping the bait on the bottom and following the contours and bumping cover is a good wt to find Bluegill and shell crackers.
Just tie on your favorite hook with a Palomar knot, leave the tag end long, don't trim it and attach as many split shot to the tag end as you like. Use as much weight as you need to get your casts out to where you want them. It really worked for me all winter in open water so maybe it will work for you in tough conditions.
I fish that way after I have zeroed in on some fish. I use a steady retrieve when in a search pattern letting the weights stir up the sediments on the bottom. I believe that this disturbance attracts fish feeding near the bottom. When I find a pattern then I slow down and fish the way you described. This fish was caught in December.
Smoltz- Listen to Carl ! He knows what he is talking about ! Especially about fishing rip rap at dam areas!
Sure thing and look forward to your successful catches and pic posts!
And of course, if you're half as crazy as me, and don't have a lot of money to dump into a boat, a kayak, or a float tube if you believe in extremism. Cold weathers...pffff. Gale force wind? Baby...Toothy critters? Are you a man or not?
We have everyone here ranging from shorelining to some crazy method of fishing for gills. My 17 years old tried to convince me to use a waterproof drone to fish.